HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA
CENTERVILLE 22 LINCOLN 0…..BULLDOGS scored 6 runs in the first and 16 in the second. Bryce Robertson 3-4 4RBI…Javontae Pamplin 2HR 2-3 5RBI…. Collin Clark 2-4 2RBI…..Zach Thompson 3-3 3R 3RBI….Jamari Pamplin 2-4 3RBI….BULLDOGS PITCHING: Cameron Newman 4.2IP 1H 0R 0ER 10K 4BB
KNIGHTSTOWN 3 HAGERSTOWN 2: TIGERS: Dom Anderson 1-2 2RBI…Quaid Mull 2-3…TIGERS PITCHING: Dom Anderson 7IP 7H 2R 1ER 10K 3BB…..PANTHERS: Mason Muncy 2RBI….PANTHERS PITCHING: Mason Muncy 8IP 3H 2R 2ER 12K 2BB
NORTHEASTERN 7 BLUE RIVER 5: KNIGHTS RELEASE: The Knights went to Blue River on Friday and defeated them 7-5 in 8 innings. The Knights return to action on Saturday at Franklin County for a single game starting at 12:30 pm
The Knights got started in the first inning with a 2 run home run from Treydon York. They got a 2 run single from Ben Deitsch in the 2nd inning. They scored a single run in the 3rd inning. They scored what proved to be the winning run in the 8th inning on a single from Kendrick Villanueva.
Landen Sum pitched 3 1/3 innings in relief of starter Trevor Burkhart to get the victory.
Blue River scored in the 1st innings with homer from their lead off hitter. Single run in the 2nd and 3 runs in the 5th inning that tied the game at 5-5.
SHENANDOAH 2 COWAN 1
GREENFIELD 16 CONNERSVILLE 10
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NORTHEASTERN 8 CENTERVILLE 5
TRI 4 LINCOLN 2…GOLDEN EAGLES: Paige Lunsford 2-3….Maddie Bogue RBI…PITCHING: Kaleigh Lamb 6IP 3H 3R 3ER 5K….TRI: Kennedy Peggs 1-2 2RBI…PITCHING: Chloe Gentry 7IP 4H 2R 2ER 5K
EASTERN HANCOCK 17 BLUE RIVER 0
MT. VERNON 10 WESTFIELD 0
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|Host: Hagerstown High School, Lloyd Michael Field Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 Game 1: 9:00 am Northeastern (V) vs Hagerstown (H) Game 2: 11:30 am Lincoln (V) vs Centerville (H) Game 3: 2:00 pm Championship – Winner 1 (H) vs. Winner 2 (V) Admissions: $5.00 for all day Parking: Please use the elementary parking lot. Please inform parents to use elementary parking lot for parking. Concession Stand: Concessions will be available throughout the day.|
No, no, no, no: Reds’ Miley throws season’s 4th no-hitter
CLEVELAND (AP) Wade Miley’s 4-year-old son, Jeb, convinced him to put a temporary tattoo of the Hulk on his right forearm for his start against the Indians.
He might need to get some permanent ink.
“I got no muscles at all,” Miley said, smiling. “Maybe this gave me some strength.”
Miley pitched like a super hero.
The Cincinnati left-hander tossed baseball’s second no-hitter in three days – and fourth already this season – leading the Reds to a 3-0 win Friday night over the Cleveland Indians, who were no-hit for the second time in a month.
Miley (4-2) relied on breaking pitches and his experience of 11-plus major league seasons to baffle the Indians and throw Cincinnati’s 17th no-hitter and first since Homer Bailey in 2013.
“It’s so far-fetched,” the 34-year-old said. “I’m speechless. It still hasn’t sunk in.”
The easy-going Miley said he shook off an 83-minute rain delay to start the game by “goofing off” in the clubhouse and then followed Baltimore’s John Means, who no-hit Seattle on Wednesday, to continue an early run of pitching gems in 2021 – quickly becoming the Year of the No-No.
Miley’s joined the ’21 no-hitter club that was started by San Diego’s Joe Musgrove who threw the first in Padres’ history on April 9. Five days later, Chicago White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon blanked the Indians, just missing a perfect game when he hit a batter in the ninth inning.
Arizona’s Madison Bumgarner pitched a seven-inning no-hitter against Atlanta on April 25, but that one isn’t recognized as official because it didn’t go nine innings.
This is the earliest in a calendar year there have been four no-hitters since 1917, when the fourth was thrown on May 5 and the fifth on May 6. It’s no wonder, with hitters entering Friday batting a record-low .233 this season.
Miley was in control from the start. He coasted through five innings and carried a perfect game into the sixth, when he began to realize history could be made.
One of the team’s most popular players, Miley said the zeros on the scoreboard quickly made him an outcast in Cincinnati’s dugout.
“All my buddies left me,” he said with a laugh. “I don’t like that. I don’t like thinking about pitching. I want to talk about something else, talk about fishing, talk about hitting, There was nobody to talk to.”
In the ninth, Miley retired pinch-hitter Rene Rivera on a lazy fly to right, struck out Cesar Hernandez and then retired Jordan Luplow on a grounder to third before he was mobbed by the Reds, who encircled him and danced across the grass.
“I will never forget that,” Reds manager David Bell said. “I will never forget the look on Wade’s face. I’m so glad he’s enjoying every moment.”
For their part, the Indians joined a dubious list by becoming the 17th team to be no-hit twice in the same season. It most recently happened to Seattle in 2019.
Miley walked one and struck out eight on 114 pitches.
Arenado gets 2 hits in 1st game against Rockies
ST. LOUIS (AP) Nolan Arenado showed the Colorado Rockies some of what they’ve been missing.
Arenado doubled in his first at-bat against his former team and went 2 for 4 Friday night as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 5-0.
“Kind of weird,” he said before the game. “Anxiousness, a little bit, I guess in a way. But it will be cool to see some of the guys that I’m really close with and stuff like that. There’s some guys I definitely miss as people.”
Jack Flaherty hit his first career home run and became the major leagues’ first six-game winner.
Arenado, a five-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove winner during with seasons in Colorado, was traded to the Cardinals on Feb. 1 for five players, including pitcher Austin Gomber.
Arenado doubled off Gomber (2-4) in the second, then struck out and grounded out. Arenado added a single against Lucas Gilbreath in the eighth
He had looked at the schedule more for when the Cardinals go to Colorado from July 1-4 than toward this series.
“I want them to do well,” he said. “Hopefully not this series.”
Colorado dealt Arenado after he feuded with the front office, which failed to build a strong team around him.
“I guess my only regret would probably be that I let it get to the media,” Arenado said. “I have no regrets beside that.”
Rockies general manger Jeff Bridich was forced out in late April.
While Arenado keeps track of his cousin, Josh Fuentes, and texts Trevor Story, Arenado admitted “I don’t even know what they’re record is.”
Part of the difficulty in keeping up is being in a different time zone.
“I haven’t really been looking at it as serious as I thought I would. I though I’d be paying attention to it a lot,” Arenado said. “I really haven’t. Just kind of keep up with certain guys.”
Flaherty (6-0) gave up three hits in seven innings, struck out six and walked one, retiring his final 13 batters. He lowered his ERA to 2.83.
“I think any win we have is going to be a team win,” he said. “Everyone is going to do something. Very rarely are you going to win a game by yourself. The pitcher could go out and throw a no hitter and drive in a run, but the guys around you have to make plays and the catcher has to call a good game.”
Trevor Story walked with two outs in the third, Colorado’s last runner until Raimel Tapia singled starting the ninth.
Davies, Pederson lead Cubs over Pirates 3-2, 4th win in row
CHICAGO (AP) Zach Davies allowed five hits in seven scoreless innings, Rex Brothers got his first save in eight years and the Chicago Cubs held on to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Friday, extending their winning streak to four.
Joc Pederson had three hits and an RBI for the Cubs, who were coming off a three-game sweep of the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. Javier Baez and David Bote had two hits each as Chicago got back to .500 at 16-16.
Davies (2-2), acquired from San Diego in a seven-player deal in December, had his best outing for the Cubs on a chilly day at Wrigley Field, with the wind blowing in. The slender right-hander limited the Pirates to five singles while walking one and hitting a batter, and he lowered his ERA from 8.22 ERA to 6.30.
Davies consistently got ahead of hitters with solid fastball command. He kept the Pirates off balance with weak swings, got quick outs and limited his pitch count.
“It sets you in such a better position to navigate each at-bat,” Davies said. “You’re ahead in the count and you throw from a place of confidence. You don’t have to throw over the middle of the plate.”
Davies worked to stay low-key.
“I learned at a young age that emotions don’t help me,” he said. “I’m a thinker. I try to set that aside and focus on the next play.”
Pittsburgh has lost seven of eight and is last in the NL Central at 13-18. The Pirates have six runs in their last five games.
Colin Morin and Jacob Stallings had two hits each. Pittsburgh rallied for two runs off relievers Andrew Chafin and Ryan Tepera in the ninth – and loaded the bases with two outs.
Todd Frazier had a run-scoring a groundout, and Ka’ai Tom had an RBI single.
Pinch-hitter Wilmer Difo dumped a bloop single into center off Brothers, who then hit Adam Frazier with a pitch to load the bases. But Brothers got Bryan Reynolds to fly out on a full-count pitch to end it, and earn his first save since Sept. 29, 2013, when he earned his 19th that season, for Colorado at the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Cubs manager David Ross admitted he was trying to work around a tired bullpen. Usual closer Craig Kimbrel wasn’t available.
Nats rout Yankees 11-4 on late homers and 3 errors
NEW YORK (AP) Washington burst ahead in a six-run eighth inning that included three errors and Josh Harrison’s three-run homer, and the Nationals beat the New York Yankees 11-4 Friday night to stop a three-game skid.
With the score tied at 3 on a chilly night, Yadiel Hernandez lined a single against Jonathan Loaisiga (3-2) that right fielder Aaron Judge allowed to bounce off his glove for his first error since Sept. 30, 2018.
“He’s as good as it gets out there so anytime he doesn’t do something perfect it catches you off (guard) a little bit,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.
Victor Robles followed with a sacrifice bunt up the third-base line and reached when DJ LeMahieu, moved across the diamond a day after Gio Urshela injured his left knee, threw wide of first.
“I know that guy’s fast, but I probably had an extra step to make a better throw,” LeMahieu said.
Trea Turner hit a go-ahead single and Harrison, batting .325 on the season, drove a 1-0 fastball into the left-field stands for a 7-3 lead.
“We got presented with more opportunities to drive guys in today and we got it done,” Harrison said. “It was exciting to have one of these games and to have one of those innings as well.”
Kyle Schwarber hit a run-scoring single off Luis Cessa, and shortstop Gleyber Torres allowed Yan Gomes’ grounder to bounce past his glove for a run-scoring error.
Juan Soto, making his first start after missing 10 games with a strained shoulder, added a two-run homer against Cessa in the ninth.
New York’s bullpen had a major league-best 2.24 ERA through Wednesday but Chad Green wasted a 3-2, eighth-inning lead in a 7-4 loss to Houston on Thursday, and Loaisiga and Cessa combined to allow eight runs – six earned – in two innings.
The Yankees lost their second straight following a five-game winning streak and dropped back to .500 at 16-16.
Kyle Finnegan (2-0) pitched a scoreless seventh for the win. Washington’s bullpen entered with 28 consecutive outs before Finnegan walked Gary Sanchez, his second batter in the seventh. A streak of 36 outs for Nats relievers ended when Clint Frazier hit an RBI single off Will Harris in the ninth.
“This bullpen here is a strength of ours,” starter Patrick Corbin said. “It’s very deep.”
LeMahieu hit solo opposite-field homers to right in the first and fifth innings off Corbin, who allowed three runs and four hits in six innings, dropping his ERA from 8.10 to 7.36. LeMahieu has six homers off Corbin, his most against any pitcher and the most Corbin has allowed to any batter.
“I’ve faced him really all the way from Double-A in 2010 or ’11, so I’ve faced him so many times I think that’s probably the hitter’s advantage,” LeMahieu said.
Josh Bell hit a solo homer in the second off Jameson Taillon and Gomes hit a two-run drive for a 3-1 lead.
Sanchez homered in the bottom half, his first home run since April 3. Sanchez had been in a 2 for 30 slide.
Taillon retired 15 in a row following Gomes’ homer.
Angels snap 5-game skid, blast Dodgers 9-2 in Freeway Series
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) David Fletcher drove in three runs on three hits, Shohei Ohtani had two RBI doubles and the Los Angeles Angels snapped their five-game losing streak with a 9-2 victory over the slumping Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.
Justin Upton and Taylor Ward homered in the Angels’ four-run second inning, and Mike Trout had a late RBI triple as the Halos opened the Freeway Series with a positive jolt from only their fifth win in 16 games.
“We got the mojo back on our side a little bit,” said Griffin Canning, who pitched six-hit ball into the sixth inning for the Angels. “Hopefully we can keep bringing that same energy. It was a really good atmosphere. It was a lot of fun. … Momentum is such a big thing in baseball, so any time you can keep the momentum on your side, it’s going to be beneficial.”
Mookie Betts homered in the ninth for the Dodgers, who have lost four straight. The defending World Series champions swept the six-game Freeway Series last season, but they’ve lost 14 of 18 overall this year in an increasingly alarming early-season swoon.
“We’re too good of hitters to do this for a whole year,” Dodgers catcher Will Smith said. “Eventually we’ll get the offense going.”
Canning (3-2) ended the Angels’ recent pitching woes despite throwing to new catcher Drew Butera about 90 minutes after they first met. Patrick Sandoval then pitched 3 1/3 innings of relief for his first career save, completing the Angels’ best-pitched game of a rough week.
“Between (Sandoval) and Griff, that was outstanding tonight,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “It’s almost like a complete game where your bullpen doesn’t move around that much. All these other guys benefit from that.”
Julio Urias (4-1) had his least impressive start in a strong season for the Dodgers, yielding eight hits and five runs over five innings in his Angel Stadium debut.
Urias’ surprising struggles weren’t the only problems for the defending champs, who also got a rocky season debut from reliever Joe Kelly and a Grade 1 hamstring strain for outfielder AJ Pollock.
“We just need to be better,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I still know our players are very good and talented, but it’s about going up there and making productive outs, getting hits when you need to get them, and we just need to get better.”
Carlos Rodón, White Sox beat Royals 3-0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Carlos Rodon struck out eight in six innings, Zack Collins homered and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 3-0 on Friday night.
The Royals were blanked for the second straight game in part of a six-game losing streak, all to division opponents.
Rodon (5-0) limited the Royals to five hits
“We didn’t put pressure on (Rodon),” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “We didn’t have many chances. He kept us off balance.”
Kansas City threatened with two on and one out in the fourth, but the righty worked out of the jam with back-to-back strikeouts.
Relievers Codi Heuer, Aaron Bummer and Liam Hendriks worked the final three innings to complete the shutout. Hendriks earned with sixth save. “We have the making of a bullpen with a lot of depth,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said.
Collins opened the scoring in the fifth inning with a solo shot to center. “I was trying to put together a good at-bat,” Collins said. “I got the barrel to it, and it got out.”
It was just the 26th home run of the year for the White Sox, which is 28th in the league.
Brad Keller (2-4) gave up three runs off five hits in six innings of work with a season-high six strikeouts and a walk. The bulk of the damage came in the sixth inning with RBIs from Adam Eaton and Jose Abreu.
“We put a couple of good at-bats together, Keller had really good stuff,” La Russa said. We did enough but credit to Keller, he was good. We just kept after it.”
Salvador Perez led the Royals, going 4 for 4 with a double.
Kansas City has lost 11 of the last 13 matchups with Chicago dating to last season.
Embiid strengthens MVP bid, 76ers hold off Pelicans 109-107
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid’s MVP credentials can be debated. The 76ers are leaving no doubt they are the best in the East.
Embid had 37 points and 13 rebounds to the tune of “MVP! MVP!” chants and Philadelphia inched closer toward securing the top spot in the East with a 109-107 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.
Don’t necessarily count coach Doc Rivers among those impressed with winning the conference.
“I don’t look at being a No. 1 seed as this great achievement,” he said. “I just think it’s great to have because of home court. The achievement is winning it (all). Everything else is what you need to do to try and win.”
Embiid made two free throws with 1:39 left to bring the Sixers within one, then grabbed a defensive rebound on the other end to set up Tobias Harris’ 3 with 1:10 left that made it 109-107. Philadelphia forced two turnovers late to seal the victory.
The Sixers (46-21) won their season-high seventh straight game and have a three-game lead over Brooklyn and Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference. Barring a crazy collapse over the final five games, the Sixers will win the conference and home-court advantage through the conference playoffs. The Sixers are 26-7 at home this season and they won another tight one against a Pelicans team playing without Zion Williamson (finger).
The Sixers are on their longest winning streak since they closed the 2017-18 season with 16 straight victories.
Embiid and the Sixers are rolling as they head toward a postseason series with the winner of an East play-in tournament. Harris scored 17 points.
Jaxson Hayes scored 19 points for the Pelicans, and Lonzo Ball and Eric Bledsoe each had 18. Without Williamson, the Pelicans faded in the fourth and scored only 16 points. They missed 27 of 36 3-point attempts.
“Clearly, that’s been our biggest problem,” coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We haven’t been able to close out and win these close games. We’re right there a lot. I don’t think there’s too many people that would argue we’re a very competitive team.”
Embiid, the 7-foot All-Star center, continued to put up the numbers in stats and the win column that made him an MVP frontrunner for most of the season. The one number slowing down his bid? It’s 48, as in games played, well behind the 67 played by Denver’s Nikola Jokic. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Phoenix’s Chris Paul are also among the stout candidates. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Sixers at +1,200 to win the NBA title (Boston is the betting favorite) and Embiid is +950 (Jokic at -1,300 is the favorite) for MVP honors.
LaVine, White score 25 as Bulls beat Celtics 121-99
CHICAGO (AP) Zach LaVine and Coby White each scored 25 points and the Chicago Bulls overcame a big effort by Kemba Walker to beat the Boston Celtics 121-99 on Friday night.
With their playoff hopes fading and fans at the United Center for the first time this season, the Bulls had their way with the Celtics. They led by 21 in the third quarter and put this one away after Boston got within eight in the fourth, scoring 12 straight.
Chicago pulled within three games of Washington and 3 1/2 of Indiana for the final spots in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament with five to play. The Wizards and Pacers were off Friday.
“We’re playing really well,” LaVine said. “We’re really competing. We know our back’s against the wall right now so, obviously, I wish we played like that from the get-go. We’d be looking at a totally different scenario. But it’s the position we put ourselves in.”
LaVine delivered a “welcome back” message to fans before tipoff and finished the night with some big plays down the stretch in his second game back after missing 11 straight because of the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols. He started the decisive run with a dunk, had a steal in that stretch and finished it with a fadeaway 3 to make it 112-92 with about three minutes remaining.
White also made a 3 in that run. He hit seven in the game – one shy of his career high – and the Bulls made 18 of 40 from beyond the arc.
Nikola Vucevic added 18 points, 10 assists and 14 rebounds for his second triple-double this season and first by a Bulls player since Jimmy Butler at Philadelphia on April 6, 2017.
Chicago came away with its second dominant win in as many nights, after beating Charlotte by an almost identical score – 120-99 – on Thursday.
“We’re getting to know each other,” said Vucevic, acquired from Orlando at the trade deadline. “We’re getting to be more comfortable with each other, playing together and also still playing our games within the team’s system. Coby and I, I think we’ve been able to really build a good chemistry out there.”
The Celtics, trying to avoid the play-in, fell to seventh in the East and trail Miami by a game with the Heat beating Minnesota. They’ll meet Sunday in Boston.
Heat move back into 6th in East, top Timberwolves 121-112
MIAMI (AP) The plan that Miami coach Erik Spoelstra had entering Friday was to play Tyler Herro in limited shifts, mindful that he was just coming back after a six-game absence.
Herro had other ideas.
Herro came off the bench to score 27 points in 29 minutes, Jimmy Butler added 25 and the Heat beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 121-112 on Friday night to move a game clear of Boston in the race for the No. 6 spot in the Eastern Conference.
“The best laid-out plans are getting tossed to the side at this time of year,” Spoelstra said. “He’s got young legs. You can see that he had fresh legs.”
Goran Dragic added 23 points for Miami, which – thanks largely to Herro and Dragic – held a 57-19 edge in bench points. Herro, who had been out with right foot soreness, was 10 of 13 from the field and 6 of 8 from 3-point range for Miami (36-31).
“It’s playoff time,” Herro said.
The win, combined with a loss at Chicago by Boston (35-32), allowed the Heat to pass the Celtics in the standings. Miami opens a two-game series in Boston on Sunday, the teams battling to avoid having to be part of the play-in tournament that awaits the teams finishing between No. 7 and No. 10 in each conference.
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter for Minnesota, which had won five consecutive meetings against Miami. Anthony Edwards scored 25 points and D’Angelo Russell added 17 before getting ejected in the third quarter.
“No matter what the standings say, no matter how many games are left, we’re out here trying to build something great,” Towns said.
Butler also had eight rebounds, six assists and five steals for Miami. Bam Adebayo scored 15 for the Heat, which moved within one game of No. 4 New York (37-30) and a half-game of No. 5 Atlanta (37-31). The Knicks lost in Phoenix on Friday night.
Minnesota was up by as many as 11 in the first quarter, then lost the lead in the second – and its cool in the third.
The Timberwolves – upset with calls and non-calls – were hit with four technical fouls in the third quarter, the first on coach Chris Finch just 72 seconds after halftime, then simultaneous ones on Ricky Rubio and Russell with 5:27 left in the period. Russell got another and was ejected 52 seconds later.
Bucks beat Rockets 141-133, tie Nets for 2nd place in East
MILWAUKEE (AP) Brook Lopez had 24 points and Khris Middleton scored 21 of his 23 in the second half to help the Milwaukee Bucks beat the short-handed Houston Rockets 141-133 on Friday night for their fifth consecutive victory.
The Bucks (43-24) tied Brooklyn for second place in the Eastern Conference standings. Milwaukee also has the tiebreaker advantage over Brooklyn because they won two of their their three regular-season meetings.
Philadelphia (46-21) leads the East.
“Looking at the big picture, it would be nice to hold on to it,” Middleton said. “I don’t think it would be the end of the world if we don’t. But I think the main focus for us is to find a way to get ourselves playing our best basketball going into the playoffs.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo gave a more direct response when he was asked whether he was thinking about playoff seeding.
“Hell no,” the reigning two-time MVP replied. “I don’t care. I don’t care about second. It does not matter. It does not matter. All that matters right now is building good habits and playing good basketball. Guys are playing great.”
Jrue Holiday had 20 points, Donte DiVincenzo 18 and Bobby Portis 16. Antetokounmpo had 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists despite dealing with a stomach ailment.
KJ Martin had 26 points and seven assists – both career highs – as well as seven rebounds for the Rockets before fouling out. Kelly Olynyk added 23 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. Armoni Brooks had 19 points, one off his career high.
Milwaukee earned a measure of revenge after falling 143-136 on April 29 at Houston. Antetokounmpo left that game in the opening minute with a sprained right ankle.
Houston had only eight available players for the rematch. Among the missing Rockets was Kevin Porter Jr., who scored 50 points against the Bucks last week but couldn’t play Friday due to a sprained left ankle.
Khyri Thomas became the 28th player to get in a game for the Rockets this season – tying an NBA record – and he scored 16 points and shot 6 of 7 after signing a 10-day contract earlier Friday. Thomas said he flew from Houston to Chicago and then made the 90-minute drive to Milwaukee.
“I’m never going to take this moment for granted,” Thomas said. “Whether it’s 10 days or the whole year, I’m going to take the opportunity and run with it.”
Hornets top Magic 122-112, inch closer to play-in tournament
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Terry Rozier scored 28 points, LaMelo Ball added 27 points and the Charlotte Hornets inched closer to securing a spot in the play-in tournament with a 122-112 win over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.
The Hornets needed a win and a loss by Chicago to Boston to clinch a berth, but the Bulls beat the Celtics 121-99. Charlotte can clinch a spot in the play-in tournament with a win Sunday against New Orleans.
P.J. Washington had another strong shooting night and finished with 23 points and nine rebounds, while Bismack Biyombo had 11 points and 11 rebounds as Charlotte (33-34) bounced back from a 21-point drubbing by the Bulls on Thursday night.
Dwayne Bacon had a career-high 28 points and Mo Bamba added a career-best 18 rebounds to lead the Magic (21-46). Cole Anthony had 22 points.
Rozier took 20 shots and got the line nine times, making seven, in his most aggressive game in weeks.
“He has a been rock all year for us,” Hornets coach James Borrego said of Rozier. “There are no excuses out of him, even when his shot wasn’t falling in stretches. … We would be a lost team without him, so give him a lot of credit.”
Ball was aggressive, too.
The Magic led for the better part of three quarters, but Ball began to assert himself with series of strong drives through the lane and some nifty no-look passes to set up teammates with easy buckets.
Using his quick first step, Ball drove at one point and delivered a one-handed, no-look dish to Rozier on the right wing set up a 3 to put the Hornets ahead by 10 with 8:24 left in the game. The Magic never mounted a serious challenge after that.
Ball continued to struggle with his 3-point shot, though, missing all seven attempts and it’s unclear if that’s because of the wrist injury that kept him out of 21 games. At times, Ball was seen shaking his wrist during breaks in the action and he admitted it was “a little sore.”
Doncic, Mavs cruise past Cavs 110-90 to stay in 5th in West
DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic scored 24 points in 23 minutes and the Dallas Mavericks kept the prime spot in a tight race to avoid the Western Conference play-in tournament with a breezy 110-90 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.
Tim Hardaway Jr. added 20 points for the Mavericks, who didn’t trail after going ahead 4-2 while the undermanned Cavaliers lost their ninth consecutive game, one short of their longest skid of the season. The teams play again Sunday in Cleveland.
The already injury-riddled Cavaliers had to play without Kevin Love, who was sidelined after banging knees with Portland’s Enes Kanter two nights earlier in a 141-105 loss to the Trail Blazers. Collin Sexton scored 27 points for the Cavaliers.
Dallas (39-28) stayed a game ahead of Portland (38-29) in fifth place in the West. The Trail Blazers broke a sixth-place tie with the Lakers (37-30) and clinched that season series with a 106-101 victory over Los Angeles on Friday night. The odd team out among the three will be forced into the play-in scenario as the No. 7 seed.
The Mavericks clinched the Southwest Division title, which would give them the fifth seed in a three-way tie with the Lakers and Blazers. Portland won the season series 2-1 against Dallas and LA.
“I think it’s something that’s always worthwhile,” said coach Rick Carlisle, who passed Cotton Fitzsimmons for 15th on the career list with his 833rd victory. “It shows that you’re one of the better teams. It’s big and we’ll take it. It’s important to get this win, try to get through this game unscathed and get ready for Sunday.”
Trey Burke hit a half-court shot at the buzzer in the first quarter for a 33-19 lead, and Doncic converted a three-point play in the final seconds before the half for a 62-37 margin while Dallas held Cleveland to 31% shooting before the break.
“I thought the first half in part and the shooting let us down,” Cavs coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “We had some open looks and didn’t knock them down.”
With seven points in the first four minutes, the 22-year-old Doncic became the fourth-youngest in NBA history to reach 5,000 points. LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony were each 21 when reaching the milestone.
Bogdanovic scores career-high 48 points, Jazz beat Nuggets
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Bojan Bogdanovic is flourishing in a larger offensive role. His renewed confidence in his shot is opening the door for Bogdanovic to take over games by scoring at will.
Bogdanovic scored a career-high 48 points to rally the Utah Jazz past the Denver Nuggets 127-120 on Friday night. Nothing the Nuggets did against him defensively mattered. He attacked the rim and rained down outside shots in equal measure.
Bogdanovic went 16 of 23 from the field – making a career-high eight 3-pointers – to lead the NBA-leading Jazz to their fourth straight victory. He also had eight rebounds.
When the Utah forward scored his final points on a pair of free throws with 12.3 seconds left, amid chants of “Bogey! Bogey!” from the crowd, he felt like he had taken another big step forward on the path back from a wrist injury that prematurely ended his season a year ago.
“I’m playing better. I’m shooting the ball better,” Bogdanovic said. “So I’m getting in the right shape in the right moment right before the playoffs.”
Many of his shots came at critical moments to help the Jazz weather an early flurry of Denver baskets. Bogdanovic’s playmaking skills steadied Utah’s offense.
“What didn’t we see from him tonight?” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “He was making great reads. He really scored every way possible.”
Jordan Clarkson added 21 points and eight assists. Rudy Gobert had 14 points and nine rebounds, and Georges Niang chipped in 13 points – all in the second half.
Michael Porter, Jr. scored 31 points for Denver. Nikola Jokic added 24 points, 13 assists, and nine rebounds, Paul Millsap had 20 points and Austin Rivers 18.
Suns stay in hunt for NBA’s top record, beat Knicks 128-105
PHOENIX (AP) Chris Paul got knocked to the ground by a flagrant foul and popped up angry.
The Phoenix Suns guard first took his frustration out by yelling at New York coach Tom Thibodeau. Then he turned his attention to handling the rest of the Knicks on the basketball court.
A feisty Paul had 17 points and 11 assists, Deandre Ayton scored 26 points and the Suns stayed in the hunt for the top record in the NBA by beating the Knicks 128-105 on Friday night.
“That’s always been who I am,” Paul said. “I compete and play hard and I’m going to take what the game calls for.”
The Suns stunned the Knicks by taking a 90-88 lead into the fourth quarter after scoring four points in less than a second. Torrey Craig tipped in Devin Booker’s miss with 0.8 seconds left and Cameron Payne stole the inbounds pass and made a layup.
It was the Suns’ first lead since the first quarter and they’d never relinquish it.
Payne celebrated with the bench after his stunning bucket, the crowd got rowdy and the momentum continued into the fourth. Mikal Bridges made a corner 3-pointer with 9:38 left to push the Suns ahead 101-93 and a frustrated Thibodeau called a timeout.
It didn’t help. The Suns scored 38 points in the fourth while shooting 8 of 12 on 3-pointers.
“Offensively, we had one of those eruptions,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “That was just a desperate effort by our basketball team in the second half. When we play like that, with the competitive guys we have, we can be hard to deal with.”
Things got tense midway through the fourth when Knicks forward Taj Gibson knocked Paul to the ground and was called for a flagrant foul. Paul got up mad and started jawing with Thibodeau before Williams came on the court and pulled the point guard away.
The incident proved motivation for Paul, who quickly made two mid-range jumpers that helped push the Suns to a comfortable win. Ayton contributed one of his best games of the year, shooting 10 of 14 from the field and grabbing 15 rebounds.
Blazers get key tiebreaker with 106-101 win over Lakers
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard had 38 points to lead Portland to a 106-101 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night that gave the Trail Blazers the tiebreaker over their Western Conference foe as the regular season winds to a close.
Lillard had five 3-pointers for the Blazers, who were back at home after going 5-1 on a six-game trip. They were welcomed back to Portland with fans allowed at the Moda Center for the first time this season.
Anthony Davis had 36 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers, who were without LeBron James for the third straight game. Los Angeles has lost eight of its last 10 games.
“It’s tough man,” Davis said. “It’s a tough loss for us. We wanted to get that one.”
The Lakers and the Blazers were both 37-29 heading into the game but the Lakers held sixth in the Western Conference because the series between the two teams was tied 1-1 and Los Angeles had the tiebreaker with a better record against conference teams.
With the win, Portland moved into sixth, a game up on Los Angeles, and also secured the tiebreaker. Both teams are trying to earn a playoff spot outright – and avoid play-in games – with just five games left in the regular season.
The Blazers knew what was at stake.
“I think we’ve played in enough important games, we know how to prepare going into those games, how to give ourselves a chance to be successful,” Lillard said.
Markieff Morris’ tip shot got the Lakers to 89-85 with 7:21 left in the game but Lillard answered with a 3-pointer for Portland.
Davis’ 3 and Alex Caruso’s layup narrowed it to 94-90 for the Lakers, and again Lillard hit a 3 in response.
Spurs hold off Kings 113-104 to end five-game slide
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Dejounte Murray scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Sacramento Kings 113-104 on Friday night to end a five-game losing streak and strengthen their hold on the final playoff spot in the West.
DeMar DeRozan had 25 points, Murray added seven assists and six rebounds, and Keldon Johnson scored 16 for San Antonio.
The Spurs (32-34) were coming off back-to-back losses to Utah in a skid that knocked coach Gregg Popovich’s team down to 10th place in the West – the final spot for the play-in tournament – before holding off a pesky Kings team that had won its last four.
“They know very well that at both ends of it, it’s 48 minutes in a game and there’s ebbs and flows. They kept their composure and stuck with it,” Popovich said. “We turned it over at certain times for basically no reason but our defense sustained us. We hung in there and got it done.”
San Antonio has some breathing room now. New Orleans (30-37) lost to Philadelphia earlier Friday, while Sacramento (29-38) fell 3 1/2 back of the Spurs.
“Guys are disappointed,” Kings coach Luke Walton said. “We wanted it. All losses hurt. That was a big one tonight.”
DeRozan had 18 in the first half to pace San Antonio early but the Spurs trailed 81-78 going into the fourth.
Murray had six points as part of an 18-6 run to start the final quarter and put the Spurs ahead for good. Walker scored eight points in the final 3 1/2 minutes to help San Antonio close it out after the Kings pulled within 100-99.
“We just kept at it,” DeRozan said. “We held our composure. We buckled down when we needed to, got some scores, and we took off from there.”
Popovich moved within 27 games of breaking Don Nelson’s record for career coaching victories in the NBA.
Terence Davis scored 24 points for the Kings. Sacramento missed a chance to move into a tie with the Pelicans for 11th place in the West.
“Hate that we didn’t get it done,” Davis said. “Everyone knew it was a big game, that (the Spurs) were going to come out and play their best.”
Officially worried: Number of game officials on the decline in high school sports
Security found Neil Anderson during a timeout late in a state playoff basketball game, giving him some instructions.
Anderson relayed the information to his fellow game officials.
Rather than exit the court via their normal route, they were asked to go the other way. Call it a misdirection on the way to their locker room.
Security was concerned about a fan, still angered about a call made the previous day, who was waiting to confront one of Anderson’s crewmates.
“To me, that’s pretty scary,” Anderson said.
Jim Goss, a longtime football official, has had a few uneasy moments walking off the field.
“I’ve been bumped into and yelled at,” Goss said. “Accosted is maybe a better word. It’s not a fun thing.”
Mark Allen, longtime umpire and football official, remembers as a young umpire he made a call to throw out an unruly coach.
“He refused to leave. Finally left. Then came back thinking that… I didn’t have the authority to hold him responsible,” Allen said. “We forfeited the game for his team. He just went nuts. In my face, the whole walk back to my car.”
To be fair, these extreme examples, with physical contact or intimidation, occurred years ago. Still, Anderson, Goss, and Allen, who now have decades of experience in Clark County, say verbal abuse of officials continues at an alarming rate. And that abuse has affected the recruiting process for future game officials.
Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff, executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations, penned a column last week detailing a crisis in high school sports: The declining number of officials.
Yes, she noted, the pandemic has led to a lower turnout of officials this academic year.
“For other officials, however, the pandemic was a secondary concern compared to the verbal abuse they receive from fans — mostly parents,” Niehoff wrote.
Two things need to happen in the near future, she opined: More individuals have to consider officiating high school sports. And an improvement in fan behavior so that officials will continue to officiate.
Curtis Paulson was a basketball and football official in Clark County for close to 15 years. He gave it up a few years ago, in part due to fan behavior. Many years ago, he was punched in the face by an assistant coach at a youth football game.
And he has been threatened “many, many instances,” he said.
Paulson noted that there was one game, a fan told him he would meet him in the parking lot.
“I didn’t want to go to my rig because I didn’t want him to see what I drove,” Paulson said.
At least Paulson gave officiating a good run.
There are fewer and fewer signing up to try.
Around Clark County, there is an age gap in the officiating ranks. Allen said he believes there is one member of the Evergreen Baseball Umpires Association who is in his early 20. Allen, at 41, said he thinks he might be the second-youngest member of the association.
Anderson, who also officiates soccer, is 63. At a soccer match earlier this year, he was the youngest member of a three-man crew.
“Senior guys like me, you can abuse us. We ain’t leaving,” Anderson said. “It’s the young people who are coming up, though.”
He noted that his son Jordan took a break for a couple of years after he first started. He told his dad it just wasn’t worth it.
“The (stuff) you have to take? He sat out for a couple of years,” Anderson said.
At least Jordan returned.
Many give it a try, get berated, and never come back to the court or the field.
“I know that we’ve had guys who have spent a year or two with us who are no longer with us because of these situations,” Allen said. “They are learning the game and how to umpire, and they took so much crap. Fans would stop them in the parking lot to tell them they did a horrible job. ‘Is it really worth it, getting yelled out constantly because I had a brain fart and called a strike at somebody’s shoulders?’ Plenty of guys say, ‘That’s not worth it.’”
Over the years, what used to be just anger directed at officials at the sporting event has made its way to social media. Some, still upset, have called for officials to be fired because of missed calls, perceived or real.
“Fire us? OK, who’s going to do it?” Goss asked.
It’s not like there is a line of qualified, experienced people waiting to officiate.
Goss said it took him six years of working as a football official before he got his first high school varsity game to work.
“Now, if you can read a rule book, you’re getting a varsity game the first year,” Goss said.
Allen wondered: If officials are to be fired for a missed call, should athletes be kicked off teams for making a mistake?
“We are the only profession that is expected to be 100 percent correct,” Allen said.
With more than 20 years of experience, Allen understands that receiving criticism is part of the job.
“I know no matter what call I make, I’m ticking half the people off. I have thick skin on some things. I try to tune the fans out,” Allen said.
That is more difficult for the new umpires.
“I can totally see how younger guys can hear the fans talk, (saying) we totally screwed a team,” Allen said.
There is a line that is getting crossed too often these days, the officials say. All officials understand a quick, emotional response to a call.
“To me, as long as fans don’t make it personal, I don’t have a problem,” Anderson said.
Allen notes, however, that it seems more and more that if one makes a call against someone’s son, then that official is out to get the player.
That is questioning a person’s integrity.
“As an official, you know you’re going to get some yelling,” Goss said. “It doesn’t affect me. But I know it does affect some people.”
Goss said he gets fired up, though, when a coach or a fan calls him biased. That is going overboard.
“People need to understand. We are doing the best we can,” Goss said. “We all take pride in what we do.”
Niehoff wrote that according to the National Association of Sports Officials, registration of officials across the country is down 30 percent this year. Yes, a lot of that is due to the pandemic. But some must be attributed to the abuse of officials because the officiating ranks were falling in the years prior to the pandemic, as well.
So how did Anderson become an official? Well, by yelling at an official.
“Somebody told me ‘Instead of complaining, why not help them? Become one.’ That’s not a bad idea,” Anderson said.
The pay varies depending on sport and level of competition. No one at the high school level is only officiating as a full-time job.
“It is still a decent second income,” Anderson said. “Any official who says they don’t do it for the money is lying. They wouldn’t do it for free. But I do it for the love of the game.”
Goss still enjoys the interaction with the athletes and the coaches. He focuses on the positive.
“Once you step on the field and you bring the captains out, it is the funnest thing I do,” Goss said. “It’s incredible.”
Still, with 32 years of experience, he knows his days as a football official are numbered. But he cannot leave just yet.
“Part of me would like to retire. But it would be a loss to our association if I quit,” Goss said. “I put my life into it, and I can’t leave until it’s in a better place.”
Officiating will be in a better place when more join the officiating ranks.
A correction in behavior toward officials could go a long way toward achieving that goal.
Pelicans’ Williamson out indefinitely with fractured finger
PHILADELPHIA (AP) New Orleans star Zion Williamson is sidelined indefinitely with a fractured left finger, a major blow to the Pelicans’ run at a Western Conference play-in spot.
The 20-year-old forward averaged 27 points and 7.2 rebounds in 61 games and the injury comes before the Pelicans opened a five-game trip against certain or potential playoff teams. The Pelicans made the announcement Friday before they played the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia 76ers.
The Pelicans said a timetable for Williamson’s return would be determined upon further evaluation. He appeared to hurt the finger trying to grab a rebound Tuesday against Golden State.
Pelicans vice president of basketball David Griffin ripped the NBA and its officiating for not doing more to protect their franchise player.
“I’m really frustrated because this was avoidable,” he said. “We told the NBA through every means available to us, through sending in film, through speaking to everybody in the officials department, everybody in basketball operations, that the way they were officiating Zion was going to get him injured. Quite frankly, he’s injured now because of the open season that there’s been on Zion Williamson in the paint. He’s been absolutely mauled in the paint on a regular basis to the point other players have said to him (they will) keep doing this to you because they don’t call it.”
San Antonio’s recent five-game losing streak helped the Pelicans pull within 1 1/2 games of the final Western Conference play-in spot with six games to go. New Orleans’ second-leading scorer Brandon Ingram was out of the lineup with a left ankle sprain. Steven Adams (toe sprain) and Josh Hart (thumb) also were set to miss Friday’s game.
New Orleans’ road trip will continue at Charlotte, Memphis, Dallas and Golden State. The Pelicans’ lone remaining home game is their season finale against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Their playoff chances look much more daunting without Williamson.
“He doesn’t complain. He doesn’t yell at officials. He doesn’t flop. He doesn’t sell calls,” coach Stan Van Gundy said. “He’s the kind of guy that should get favorable treatment because of the way he acts, but that’s not what works. What works is yelling and complaining and flopping and selling calls. He doesn’t do any of that.”
AP source: No cutting players because they are unvaccinated
(AP) — An NFL team can’t release a player simply because he is not vaccinated for COVID-19, a person with direct knowledge of the league’s directive told The Associated Press on Friday.
Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane hypothetically suggested this week that he’d do so if it would provide more freedom within the team facilities for meetings and offseason programs.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league did not make the directive public. The NFL currently is formulating further plans and protocols for the offseason programs and training camp.
“A team may not release a player solely due to vaccination status,” the person said.
The league also is allowing vaccinated players to gather and interact with other such players away from club facilities.
The same is true for staff members. But players and staff, including coaches, may not do so at this time, according to an NFL memo obtained by the AP.
Also being considered is allowing teams to stage training camp away from their home facility. Those clubs must submit a fill medical and protocol plan “demonstrate how the club will comply with the NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 protocols at the proposed alternative location (including any hotels and transportation involved).”
A team’s plan will be subject to review and approval by the NFL-NFLPA Joint COVID Medical Committee.
One team that regularly has held a portion of training camp elsewhere is Dallas. In March, owner Jerry Jones looked forward to potentially doing so again.
“We have our plans and I assure you there’s … a big part of you have to sometimes think, ‘Well times are going to get better,'” he said. “Do I see a more promising economic future for the NFL, maybe than others have seen or said? This tells you all you need to know about what you think about the future of the NFL. This says that loud and clear. Now we’re going to Oxnard, we’re going to have training camp, and we’re going to do it safe. And we’re going to have that stadium full and we’re going to do it safe.”
On Wednesday, Beane’s response was to a question about potentially cutting an unvaccinated player at the lower end of Buffalo’s 53-man roster. It came when the NFL is loosening its restrictions for teams whose staff and players have been fully vaccinated.
“You guys saw it in the fieldhouse, we had three and four meetings going on, and sometimes you’re talking over each other. But it was the only way to pull it off and be social distant,” he said of NFL protocols limiting the number of players who could meet at one time. “So it would be an advantage to cut a player and fall under that umbrella” of less restrictive protocols.
Last year, teams were limited to hosting most meetings via Zoom, with restrictions placed on how many players and coaches could gather at one time. Team officials and players were also required to undergo daily COVID-19 testing and wear masks.
Beane expects those restrictions to be loosened, while noting the rules have yet to be determined.
“I think there’s going to be some incentives. If you have ‘X’ number of percent of your players and staff vaccinated, you can live normal, let’s call it – back to the the old days,” he said.
“If you don’t, it’s going to look more like last year,” Beane added. “But I hope, if those are the rules, that we’ll be able to get enough people to be vaccinated and not have to deal with all the headaches.”
The NFL and NFL Players Association are encouraging, but not mandating players to get vaccinated.
Lions sign Pro Bowl center Frank Ragnow through 2026 season
(AP) — center Frank Ragnow rattled off a slew of names, thanking those who helped him become the NFL’s highest-paid player at the position.
The Pro Bowl center was collected and composed as he shouted out the Ford family, his agents, former Lions coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn, college and high school coaches, his fiancé and many more.
When Ragnow mentioned his mother and late father, though, he got choked up. Jon Ragnow died of a heart attack during the 2016 football season.
“I don’t think it’s ever really hit me until right now,” he said Friday on a Zoom call with reporters.
The Lions signed Ragnow to a $54 million, four-year extension that keeps him under contract for a total of $70 million through the 2026 season.
Ragnow will average $13.5 million per season, giving him $1 million more per year than Los Angeles Chargers center
will make with the contract he signed in March.
“When you sign a contract like this, it’s kind of hard to digest that amount of money,” Ragnow said. “It must of just hit me today. Me and my dad and my mom, we’ve kind of planned this. This has always kind of been the goal since Day 1.
“I was at my mom’s house yesterday and we were going through some school projects. One of my school projects in middle or elementary school, I had wrote that my goal was to make it to the NFL and take care of my parents.”
Once again, Ragnow got choked up and had to pause before continuing the virtual news conference.
“My dad is not here, but I’m very excited to take care of my mom because I had an amazing childhood,” he said. “I’m just so proud of how I was raised. To be able to give back to my mom – I wish I could give back to my dad and go fishing with him – means the world.”
The Lions are reshaping their roster under new general manager Brad Holmes and coach Dan Campbell and sent a message, investing in one of the franchise’s building blocks that anchors the team’s strength on the offensive line.
“Frank is a foundational piece of what we’re building in Detroit and he is everything that we’re looking for in a Lion,” Holmes said. “Frank plays the game the right way and he has dedicated himself to improving his craft each season. We are ecstatic to come to this agreement and to have Frank as a leader on our team for years to come.”
The Lions exercised the fifth-year contract option on Ragnow’s contract last month and made it clear that working out a long-term deal with him was a priority.
“I definitely wasn’t stressing over it,” he said. “Ever since my dad passed, I’ve kind of taken everything day by day. I knew I was under contract for two more years. I just kind of live in the moment. Now looking forward, it’s awesome.”
Detroit drafted him No. 20 overall out of Arkansas in 2018. Ragnow, who is from Victoria, Minnesota, has started all 45 games he’s appeared in over three seasons.
Ragnow played with a
in a 31-24 loss to Green Bay last December. He was inactive for the next two games and returned for the final game of the season.
Mickelson 11 shots worse, still in the mix at Quail Hollow
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Phil Mickelson went from planning to hit a draw away from the water to wondering if he should hit a fade that would bleed away from the bunkers toward the 14th green at Quail Hollow Club.
This was all part of the same swing thought. It ended up in the water.
Mickelson was 11 shots worse than his best score in nearly a year Friday, limping to the finish for a 4-over 75 in the Wells Fargo Championship. What mattered more was at least being in the mix.
“I’m excited to be in contention heading into the weekend, and I know I’m playing well,” Mickelson said.
So was Rory McIlroy, a two-time winner at Wells Fargo who has a certain comfort level at Quail Hollow. He had a 66 and will competing on a Saturday for the first time in two months.
Among the early finishers Friday, former U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland (69), Matt Wallace (67) and Patrick Rodgers (68) shared the lead at 6-under 136.
McIlroy started the second round outside the projected cut line. He has not made it to the weekend since Bay Hill two months ago, which is factual and lacking context. That amounts to only three tournaments – missed cuts at The Players Championship and Masters, not advancing from his group at Match Play.
He turned it around quickly, starting with one of his few bad drives. This one on the 14th sailed well to the right of the bunkers, gallery, everything but the mansions just outside the property. He tried to land his wedge anywhere near the green, and just his good fortune, it trundled onto the putting surface and stopped a foot away.
That sent him to five birdies over his next eight holes, and he was two shots behind the early leaders.
“That was probably the catalyst to going on a nice little run,” McIlroy said.
Mickelson didn’t have one of those. Everything felt and looked so easy when he opened with a 64. This was more of a challenge, particularly late in the round, and Mickelson felt his focus lapsing again.
Even the tee shot into the water on the 14th didn’t hurt him – after a penalty drop, he hit a wedge just over the bunker and it rolled out 2 feet behind the hole, allowing him to escape with par.
But after another good tee shot on the par-5 16th, he wasn’t quite sure what to do with his next one. He pulled it well right of the green, and his high flop shot landed too far and went over the edge. He chipped poorly to about 12 feet and turned what looked to be a sure birdie into a bad bogey.
Two holes later, he found the water on the par-5 17th for a double bogey.
“The back nine, I just wasn’t sharp,” Mickelson said. “I think an example of what I’ve been talking about is on 17, we’re standing over the ball and I’m changing my mind and I’m changing the shot, moving the clubhead a little bit. Instead of backing away and kind of refocusing, I just hit it and I’m not really aware of what I’m doing. So I’ve got to fix that.”
In his mind, he threw away two shots on both the 15th and 17th holes, the difference of a score at par.
“I just can’t keep doing that,” Mickelson said. “I’m optimistic for the weekend, though.”
U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau can’t say the same. He hit two shots into the water on the par-5 seventh near the end of his round and made a triple-bogey 8. That sent him to a 74, and he left without wanting to talk. He was one shot out of the projected cut.
Woodland was all smiles. He missed the cut badly last week at Innisbrook, called Butch Harmon and decided to go back to his previous coaches, Harmon and Pete Cowen. It didn’t take long for him to feel better. His hip isn’t bothering him and his swing feels great.
Woodland still hasn’t figured out the final stretch, Nos. 16-18, playing them in 3 over through two rounds. But he likes where he’s headed.
“I’ve seen some shots this week that I just haven’t seen in a long time,” he said. “The golf swing feels so much better. Confidence has gone way up, which I did not have really in the last year. … It’s exciting right now.”
England could host CL final due to new Turkey travel curbs
(AP) — The all-English Champions League final could be played at home after Turkey was added to England’s “red list” of countries where all but essential travel is banned due to severe coronavirus outbreaks.
Chelsea and Manchester City are due to meet on May 29 in Istanbul and UEFA was hoping to allow around 10,000 fans into the biggest club game of the European football season.
But the British government on Friday warned supporters not to travel to Turkey after imposing the new travel restrictions, and said the English Football Association was in talks with Champions League organizer UEFA about staging the game in Britain, instead.
The most logical English venue to move the game to is Wembley with the London stadium staging eight games of the European Championship across June and July, so it has UEFA’s required logistics and broadcasting infrastructure already in place. Wembley was also already due to stage the 2024 Champions League final so it could be moved up three years.
While Villa Park in the central England city of Birmingham has been floated as an option, it is an older stadium that would require significant infrastructure being installed to reach UEFA requirements.
“We are very open to hosting the final but it is ultimately a decision for UEFA,” British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said. “The U.K. has already got a successful track record of football matches with spectators, so we are well placed to do it.
“Given there are two English clubs in that final, we look forward to what they have to say.”
Turkey is in the second week of a three-week national lockdown and government figures show coronavirus cases are declining but 20,107 new infections were announced on Friday and 278 deaths. The vaccine rollout in Britain meant the country recorded 2,490 cases on Friday and 15 deaths.
People from England should visit only red-list countries “in the most extreme of circumstances,” Shapps said. Anyone returning from them must stay in hotels for 10 days at their own expense, with meals delivered to their door.
Players would also be required to enter quarantine, unless exemptions were granted, which would impact their preparations for the European Championship, which opens on June 11 and is being staged across 10 countries.
If the Champions League final was moved to Wembley, the English Football League would have to accept moving the date of the Championship playoff to determine the final promotion place to the Premier League, which is scheduled to be played at the stadium on May 29.
9 Super League clubs accept UEFA fines, 3 rebels face bans
(AP) — Only nine of the 12 European clubs who launched an ill-fated bid to form a Super League have agreed to a peace deal with UEFA and accepted being fined millions of dollars.
The remaining trio of rebels are at risk of being banned from the Champions League for not renouncing the breakaway. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus have refused to approve what UEFA on Friday called “reintegration measures,” and they will be referred to UEFA disciplinary bodies for sanctions after backing the new largely closed competition.
The Super League project imploded three weeks ago after the English clubs – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham – backed out inside 48 hours after a backlash from the fans and British government.
The Premier League clubs along with Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan have officially signed up to a settlement with UEFA to participate only in the existing open European competitions and accepted giving up 5% of revenue for one season playing in Europe. It wasn’t specified if that would be this or a future season. Teams from England and Spain reaching the final can earn more than 100 million pounds ($122 million), meaning 5 million euros would be sacrificed.
The nine clubs will also make a combined payment of 15 million euros for what UEFA called a “gesture of goodwill” to benefit children, youth and grassroots football.
In a move to prevent them deploying the Super League threat again, the clubs have also agreed to be fined 100 million euros if they seek again to play in an unauthorized competition or 50 million euros if they breach any other commitments to UEFA as part of the settlement.
“The measures announced are significant, but none of the financial penalties will be retained by UEFA,” said Aleksander Ceferin, the UEFA president. “They will all be reinvested into youth and grassroots football in local communities across Europe, including the UK. These clubs recognised their mistakes quickly and have taken action to demonstrate their contrition and future commitment to European football.
“The same cannot be said for the clubs that remain involved in the so-called `Super League,’ and UEFA will deal with those clubs subsequently.”
Ceferin previously told The Associated Press that the clubs not disavowing the Super League could be banned from UEFA’s competitions.
“UEFA has reserved all rights to take whatever action it deems appropriate against those clubs that have so far refused to renounce the so-called Super League,” UEFA said on Friday. “The matter will promptly be referred to the competent UEFA disciplinary bodies.”
The 12 clubs were dubbed the “dirty dozen” by Ceferin in a heated period when he fought to prevent the clubs launching a competition that would lock in 15 places for teams for more than two decades, rather than having to qualify through annual domestic league placings as is required for the Champions League.
The nine clubs to sign up to UEFA’s “club commitment declaration” will rejoin the European Club Association, which they quit on May 18 when the Super League was announced, and they will terminate their legal involvement with the company.
The English clubs could yet face separate sanctions from the Premier League and Football Association which is investigating their attempt to split from the established structure. UEFA indicated a desire for the agreement to settle with UEFA to serve as mitigation when domestic punishments are assessed.
University of Hartford sports drops from Division I to III
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) University of Hartford sports are dropping from Division I to Division III.
The decision comes after the Hartford men’s basketball team this season won its first America East championship and played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time, losing to eventual national champion Baylor in the first round.
Hartford President Gregory Woodward said the school wants to “transition to this new model for intercollegiate athletics.”
The discussion to downgrade to Division III has sparked marches on campus led by athletes and a petition from alumni to remain in Division I.
The Board of Regents said Thursday night’s vote came after a year of discussions. A consultants report released last month said the school could save more than $9 million a year by making the move.
The university said it will submit a formal request to the NCAA for reclassification in January 2022. It plans to stop offering athletic scholarships before the 2023-24 school year and hopes to complete the transition by Sept. 1, 2025.
The school joined Division I from Division II in the mid-1980s. It said it plans to honor all current scholarships and coaching contracts.
“The University of Hartford owes so much to the generations of student-athletes and athletics staff who have added immeasurably to our community and are a source of pride for the university,” Woodward said in a statement.
“As we transition to this new model for intercollegiate athletics in the coming years, I am energized by the opportunities we will have to support the success of all of our students, including our student-athletes.”
Baseball takes two off Defiance in home regular season finale
SCORES: G1 – Earlham 11, Defiance 1 (8 inn.) / G2 – Earlham 8, Defiance 1
LOCATION: Richmond, Indiana – Randal R. Sadler Stadium
RECORDS: Earlham 20-17 / Defiance 6-31
RICHMOND, Indiana – Earlham College baseball gave its chances to host a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament opening round series a huge boost on Friday evening with a doubleheader sweep of Defiance College at Sadler Stadium.
The Quakers won game 1 of the doubleheader, 11-1, in eight innings, and claimed the nightcap by an 8-1 score.
Earlham jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on three hits and two Defiance errors, including an RBI single to right field by Isaiah Shake. The Quakers extended their lead to 5-1 after three innings, following a single run in the second on Danny Dopp’s RBI double, and two teams exchanging runs in the third inning.
The Quakers put up three more runs in the fourth. Dopp belted a solo home run to give Earlham a 6-1 advantage, and Brian Pincura plated two more runs with a double to extend the Quakers’ lead to 8-1.
Christian Lancianese drove in Pincura on a base hit to right in the sixth for one more Earlham run, then closed the game with a sacrifice fly to left that scored Shake in a two-run eighth inning forcing a premature end to the contest under the 10-run rule.
Senior Joey Gerbus pitched a three-hit complete game gem for the Quakers, allowing just three hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts to improve to 6-1 on the season.
Pincura finished the game with a 4-for-4 ledger at the plate with two runs and two RBI, while Austin Hatfield was 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Dopp, Shake, and Lancianese each had two hits.
Earlham again jumped out to an early lead in game two with a four-run uprising in the second inning, keyed by RBI doubles by both Dopp and Cameron Wissel. Dopp singled home Cameron McCabe in the fourth to put the Quakers in front, 5-0, and Wissel and Gendreau each plated additional Earlham runs in the seventh.
Defiance finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the eighth on Zach Johnson’s double down the left field line to score Michael Reese, but Earlham answered in the home half of the frame with Pincura’s base hit that pushed pinch runner James Grace across the plate for the Quakers’ eighth run of the game.
Earlham starter Nick Carrizales lasted seven innings on the mound and scattered six hits while fanning five Defiance batters in the win. Yellow Jacket starter Lane Good took the loss after yielding six runs, all earned, in six-and-a-third innings of work.
Dopp went 2-for-4 at the plate in game two; his four hits on the day allowed him to tie Earlham’s career hits record with 192. His double in game two against Defiance also leaves Dopp one double away from equaling the Earlham career record in that category as well.
Earlham baseball will close out its 2021 regular season on Saturday, May 8, when it travels to North Manchester, Indiana, to face Manchester University in an HCAC doubleheader. The twinbill was originally scheduled for Sunday, May 9, but was moved up a day to avoid inclement weather expected on Sunday.
No. 23 Indiana Earns Road Win at Rutgers, 8-3
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The No. 23-ranked Indiana University baseball team earned a road win at Rutgers on Friday afternoon, 8-3, in Piscataway, N.J.
With the victory, the Hoosiers improve to 21-9 on the season overall and in Big Ten conference play. The Scarlet Knights fall to 17-14 on the year and in league action.
• Indiana jumped out to an early lead, plating a pair of runs in the top of the first. With runners on second and third with no outs, OF Grant Richardson brought across a run with an RBI groundout to first base. OF Cole Barr followed, scoring another run with a sacrifice fly to left field.
• Rutgers clawed back to tie the game, only to see the Hoosiers score six runs in the top of the eighth. C Collin Hopkins started the scoring with a two-run single, while INF James Espalin also plated a pair with a single to left-center field.
• INF Paul Toetz scored another on his second double of the afternoon, while OF Morgan Colopy earned an RBI with a bases-loaded walk.
• Out of the bullpen, LHP Ty Bothwell (2-1) earned the win for the Hoosiers, pitching 2.1 innings and allowing just one run. He scattered four hits and had a pair of strikeouts.
• Toetz’s two doubles on the afternoon gives him a Big Ten-leading 16 on the season. His 16 two-baggers are an Indiana school record for doubles in Big Ten contests.
• Hopkins had two more hits for IU on Friday, making him 14-for-22 (.636) in the last six games with nine doubles, two home runs, eight RBI and seven runs scored.
• LHP Tommy Sommer posted his fourth quality start of the season, pitching 6.2 innings while allowing just two runs, one earned. He allowed just five hits while striking out six.
• The No. 23 Hoosiers will play a doubleheader on Saturday, May 8 in Piscataway, N.J. IU will face Rutgers at 11:00 a.m. ET before facing Nebraska at 3:00 p.m. ET.
Finding a Way – IU Rallies into Elite Eight
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Sometimes, you just have to be tougher than the other guy.
Sometimes, you have to forget strategy and draw the line, make the plays, refuse to cave against pressure and the moment.
Sometimes, if you’re the Indiana Hoosiers and a potential NCAA soccer championship is slipping away, you do what’s necessary.
Did they ever.
“It was another example of just digging, and digging,” Indiana coach Todd Yeagley said in the aftermath of Thursday night’s come-back-from-the-brink 2-1 Sweet Sixteen victory over Marquette.
“It was a gutsy, extra effort type of win.”
How gutsy was it?
Third-seeded IU (10-1-2) was 20 minutes from defeat. It was down, but absolutely not out.
The Hoosiers won those last minutes 2-0 to advance to a Monday Elite Eight opportunity.
Their 8-4 edge in second-half shots reflected a refuse-to-lose mentality that has typified a program with a record 93 NCAA tourney victories, by far the most ever.
“We made key plays,” Yeagley said. “We managed the lead once we had it.”
It’s IU’s third Elite Eight appearance in the last four years, and it came after an intense halftime that included tough talk from the coaches and senior forward A.J. Palazzolo.
“We really challenged them,” Yeagley said. “I want to credit A.J. with the way he willed the guys. If we’re going out, we’re leaving everything on the field.”
“We had a little left in the tank in the first half,” Yeagley said. “That was the take-away. We had to empty the tank. We did.”
Hoosier heroes were everywhere at Cary, N.C.’s WakeMed Field, from sophomores Herbert Endeley and Maouloune Goumballe, who scored the biggest goals of their college careers; to sophomore Ryan Wittenbrink, who didn’t get an assist, but who was the driving force behind Goumballe’s game-winner; to the return of freshman defender Joey Maher from a one-game suspension; to goalkeeper Roman Celentano’s clutch late-game save; to freshman Lawson Redmon’s key defensive moments; to sophomore Ben Yeagley, whose tough-minded play in 54 off-the-bench minutes knocked the Golden Eagles out of their rhythm.
“Joey helped with the mentality and focus in the second half,” Todd Yeagley said. “Ben did a great job of coming in and giving us energy and a bit of edge.”
Victory came even as Marquette limited Victor Bezerra, one of the nation’s top goal scorers, to just one shot. He did have the assist on Endeley’s goal.
“It wasn’t Vic’s best day,” Yeagley said. “It was a quieter performance. They keyed on him.”
This was no game to turn the other cheek, and neither team did. They combined for 11 yellow cards and 26 fouls.
“There was a lot on the line,” Yeagley said. “Both teams were fighting for a lot.
“The game got chippy. Marquette is not known for that. The game developed into that.”
As for IU getting six yellow cards, Yeagley said some of that might have been from, “The challenge we gave them.”
“It might have been the guys were ramped up a little too much. They could have been better with their discipline. There were some tactical fouls. Some we could have used better judgment.
“The official did a nice job of managing it. The game didn’t get out of control.”
Trailing 1-0 at halftime, IU went on the attack. It pressed for opportunities and shots and, eventually, Marquette’s defense cracked.
Endeley scored off Bezerra’s assist 21 minutes into the second half. It was the 10th-straight game Bezerra has scored at least one point.
“Victor made a special pass,” Yeagley said. “His passing is an under-estimated skill set. He’s one of the better passers. He has a great feel.
“With Herb, we’ve been working so hard on that functional finish. We train that a lot in that area of the box he gets into. It becomes motor memory. He did exactly what he needed to do.”
A few minutes later, Goumballe followed with his game-winner.
“It was nice to see a couple of other guys get on the score sheet,” Yeagley said.
Marquette had the first-half edge, with a 5-4 advantage on shots, 2-0 on shots on goal. The Golden Eagles scored on a goal from A.J. Franklin with 1:38 left in the half.
IU seemed in trouble.
Instead, it was just warming up.
Yeagley spent the aftermath scouting the Virginia Tech-Seton Hall game. The Hoosiers will play that winner on Monday.
First, though, there was a final bit of perspective to provide.
“Some of (our) guys were uncomfortable,” Yeagley said. “We have young guys with not a lot of minutes. It was a big game they were able to overcome. That says a lot. That can prove very important in the next game.”
ND BASEBALL: No. 2 Irish Drop Series Opener to No. 13 Florida State, 5-2
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Hits were hard to come by for the second-ranked Notre Dame baseball team as they fell to No. 13 Florida State 5-2 in the series opener Friday night at Frank Eck Stadium.
After scoring in the first inning, the Irish (24-9, 21-9 ACC) offense was unable to get any other runs across. The Seminoles (24-16, 16-12 ACC) scored two runs with two outs in the fourth to take the lead and never looked back. The Noles tacked on three insurance runs in the ninth to seal the series opening win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Irish got on the board early, scoring in the bottom of the first inning. The Irish loaded the bases and scored the game’s first run after a sacrifice fly from Jack Brannigan scored Spencer Myers. After the first frame, Notre Dame held a 1-0 lead.
Will Mercer was off to a great start on the mound and did not allow the Noles to get a hit until the fourth inning. In the fourth, they put together a two-out rally to load the bases and scored two runs on a single from Davis Hare. After four innings, the Seminoles led 2-1.
After five innings from Mercer, Tanner Kohlhepp came on in the sixth and kept up the strong work on the mound. He kept the Seminoles off the scoreboard over the next three innings to keep the Irish within one.
The score stayed that way until the ninth inning when Florida State scored three insurance runs in the inning. Elijah Cabell snuck a home run inside the right field foul pole to put the game out of reach.
Notre Dame scored a run in the bottom of the ninth but were unable to put any more on the board.
The Irish will look to bounce back Saturday afternoon when the two teams meet again for the second game of the weekend series. LHP John Michael Bertrand will be on the mound for the Irish and will be going up against LHP Bryce Hubbart. The game is set for a 1 p.m. ET first pitch and will be aired on the ACC Network.
BASE: Ohio State and Purdue Add Game on May 11 in West Lafayette
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State and Purdue have scheduled a game for this coming Tuesday, May 11, in West Lafayette, Ind. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.
This game will be a traditional Big Ten conference game. Both teams are idle this weekend after scheduled opponents Minnesota and Northwestern had to pause team activities due to health and safety concerns.
Ohio State and Purdue played a three-game series in Columbus last weekend, with the Buckeyes taking two of the three games. Ohio State is 17-14 on the year while Purdue is 11-20.
MTEN: Buckeyes Roll On, Beat VCU 4-1 in NCAA Opener
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Ohio State opened the NCAA Tournament in unfamiliar territory, on the road for the first time since 2005. But the result Friday, was the same as it has been for the last 17 years, an opening round win. The Buckeyes took care of VCU 4-1 on Friday afternoon at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Ohio State improves to 21-3 on the season and will play the winner of the match between Wake Forest and South Carolina State in Saturday’s second round.
“Obviously coming into this tournament, not hosting and being ranked where we are, this is an opportunity to prove ourselves,” said senior John McNally. “At the end of the day, if we win our matches, we have a chance to get to Orlando and that’s been the goal all season.”
“Today was a tough match,” McNally continued. “VCU is an older team and they had a lot of guys who were out there fighting and scrapping. They weren’t intimidated at all. It was a close doubles point. We had a few things go our way and we were able to pull it out. They took advantage of a couple of breaks early in singles and had us on our heels a little. But we stayed with it and are moving on.”
The teams split the first two doubles matches of the day. Justin Boulais and James Trotter won 6-4 on court but JJ Tracy and JJ Mercer fell 6-3 on court three. The middle court featured John McNally and Robert Cash vs. Inigo Torre and Rayne Stable. The Buckeye duo got the first break of the match and was up 3-1. VCU then came back to get on serve at 4-4 and then both teams held for 5-5. Cash and McNally broke for 6-5 and then held that momentum through the serve to win the match and take the doubles point 7-5.
VCU took the upper hand at the start of singles, winning four of the six first sets. McNally and Tracy were the two Buckeye winners and they rolled to straight-set wins. Tracy bounced back nicely from his first loss since January on Sunday, as he beat David Cerny 6-2, 6-2 on court six. After VCU got on the board with a win on court four, McNally finished-off No. 81 Lleyton Cronje 6-3, 6-4 to push the lead to 3-1.
After losing the first set, Kingsley, Trotter and Kyle Seelig all rebounded to win their second set. Trotter then won the race to the finish line and secured the clinching point with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Inigo Torre Martin.
The Buckeyes are now 57-20 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, winning at least one match in 20 of their 21 appearances.
#35 Ohio State 4, #36 Virginia Commonwealth 1
1. John McNally (OSU) def. #81 Lleyton Cronje (VCU) 6-3, 6-4
2. #120 Cannon Kingsley (OSU) vs. Charles Bertimon (VCU) 6-7 (2-6), 6-2, 2-4, unfinished
3. James Trotter (OSU) def. Inigo Torre Martin (VCU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
4. Rayane Stable (VCU) def. Justin Boulais (OSU) 6-4, 6-1
5. Kyle Seelig (OSU) vs. Quentin Coulaud (VCU) 4-6, 6-2, 2-3, unfinished
6. JJ Tracy (OSU) def. David Cerny (VCU) 6-2, 6-2
1. James Trotter/Justin Boulais (OSU) def. Lleyton Cronje/David Cerny (VCU) 6-42. John McNally/Robert Cash (OSU) def. #81 Inigo Torre Martin/Rayane Stable (VCU) 7-53. Charles Bertimon/Quentin Coulaud (VCU) def. JJ Mercer/JJ Tracy (OSU) 6-3
Virginia Commonwealth 17-5, 3-0 A10; National ranking #36
Ohio State 21-3, 15-1 B1G; National ranking #35
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,4,1,3)
Payton Blast Provides Momentum Shift in Win at WMU
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – – The Ball State softball team needed a big play. Leading 6-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning at Ebert Field, the Cardinals (29-17; 23-7 Mid-American Conference) saw host Western Michigan battle back within one thanks to a pair of home runs.
Having scored at least one run in each of the first five innings, Ball State looked like it was going to go quietly in an attempt to counter in the top of the sixth after a great play on a squeeze bunt registered the second out at home plate.
However, Ball State senior catcher Stacy Payton had other plans, as she blasted a 3-1 pitch over the fence in left field to help the Cardinals regain the momentum and earn an 8-5 victory in the series opener versus the Broncos (11-30; 7-20 MAC).
The two-run bomb also helped settle Cardinals senior closer Alyssa Rothwell who entered in the bottom of the fifth looking to move one step closer to history. After allowing three runs in her first inning of work, she settled in and struck out three batters over the final two innings to hold the Broncos scoreless and collect the 31st save of her career.
Rothwell is now one save shy of tying, and two saves short of breaking, the NCAA Division I career saves record of 32 set by Mississippi State’s Kellie Willkerson (1999-2002).
Overall, Rothwell allowed four hits and three runs over her 3.0 innings of work, while striking out five. Her effort also helped lock up the win for junior starter Tieghan Morio who improved to 10-4 on the year after allowing just four hits and two runs over 4.0 innings. Morio also struck out four batters, giving the Cardinals pitching staff nine strikeouts on the day.
In addition to Payton’s clutch home run, freshman shortstop Kayla Lissy had a solid day at the plate, going 3-for-4 and upping her MAC-leading triple total to eight on the year. Senior designated player Delanie Johnson also had three hits, including an RBI single in the two-run fourth.
Rounding out Ball State’s top contributors on offense was senior center fielder Kennedy Wynn who went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI doubles. One in the second inning and one in the fifth.
Overall, Ball State pounded out 12 hits on the day, including RBI base knocks from senior first baseman Janae Hogg and senior right fielder Haley Dominique. Junior left fielder Faith Hensley also upped her team-leading RBI total, driving in her 39th run of the season with an RBI groundout.
The Cardinals and Broncos return to action Saturday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Ebert Field.
Women’s Tennis Ends Successful Season At NCAA Tourney
COLUMBUS, Ohio – – Facing one of the nation’s elite programs, the Ball State women’s tennis team did not give an inch Friday afternoon in its first round NCAA Tournament showdown against Vanderbilt at the AUER Tennis Courts on the Ohio State University campus.
Unfortunately, the Cardinals (22-4) could not overcome a 28th-ranked Commodores (14-9) squad looking to make its seventh straight trip to the round of 16, falling by a score of 4-0.
In its 26th overall NCAA Tournament appearance, including winning the 2015 national championship, Vanderbilt was able to jump out to an early 1-0 lead by winning at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to secure the opening point. However, Ball State’s Amy Kaplan and Emma Peeler had a 4-1 advantage over the nation’s No. 28 doubles tandem of Anna Ross and Holly Staff on the top court when play was abandoned.
The 2021 Mid-American Conference champion Cardinals looked to battle back at singles, but despite close games and hard-fought points, Vanderbilt won on the top three courts (Order of Finish: 1,3,2) to secure the match victory.
The No. 2 singles spot was the closest of the three, as Ball State sophomore Jessica Braun battled Vanderbilt’s Emma Krutz to a 6-4 opening set, before dropping the second set 6-2. Among the unfinished matches, senior Rebecca Herrington was in the midst of a comeback in the No. 4 slot against Anna Ross, rallying from losing the opening set 6-0 to taking the advantage in the second-set tiebreaker at 6-6 (7-8).
Overall, the Cardinals put up a good fight against the Commodores, winning 37 total games.
While the Cardinals were unable to secure the program’s first NCAA Tournament win, it was still a successful campaign all around. Under the direction of eighth-year head coach Max Norris, the Cardinals earned the program’s third MAC regular season championship in the past five conference seasons. The special year also featured a 22-match winning streak, along with the program’s second ever berth to the NCAA Tournament both under Norris’ tutelage.
In fact, Norris has guided the program to all three of its MAC regular season championships (2016, 2017 and 2021) and to its only MAC Tournament championship (2016).
Sycamores Take Opener of Doubleheader with MSU; Game Two Suspended in Eighth
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Indiana State baseball picked up a 7-2 series-opening victory over Missouri State Friday afternoon at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo. With the win, the Sycamores improved to 22-11 on the season and 9-4 in Missouri Valley Conference action while MSU fell to 14-17 overall and 5-8 in MVC play.
Tied at three in the eighth inning, game two of the doubleheader was suspended due to a scheduling conflict with the Springfield Cardinals. The game will be resumed Saturday, May 8 at 11:30 a.m. ET with game three of the series following approximately 40 minutes after the conclusion.
Game One – Indiana State 7, Missouri State 2
Indiana State rallied from a 2-1 deficit to claim the opener of the series after scoring two in the third, one in the sixth and adding three insurance runs in the ninth.
The Sycamores jumped out to an early lead in the second when Mike Sears drove in Josue Urdaneta with a single to left. Missouri State answered with a pair of solo home runs in the bottom of the inning from Mason Hill and Jaden Rolffs to take the lead.
Infielder Miguel Rivera drove in his 11th and 12th RBIs of the season in the top of the third and the Sycamores would not look back. Mitch Barrow tallied an RBI single in the sixth before MSU walked the bases loaded to start the ninth. Max Wright drove in two runs with a ball to right before Urdaneta picked up a walk to plate the seventh run of the game.
Geremy Guerrero improved to 8-1 on the year after going seven complete innings. The southpaw retired five Bears on punchouts while walking just two. Both runs charged to Guerrero came via the long ball.
Right-hander Connor Fenlong picked up his fifth save of the year after entering in the eighth. He struck out two and issued one walk while holding the Bears scoreless.
Rivera and Wright each tallied a pair of hits and two RBI in the victory.
Logan Wiley (4-3) took the loss for Missouri State after allowing four runs over 7.1 innings.
Game Two – Indiana State 3, Missouri State 3 — Game Suspended/Will Resume May 8 at 11:30 a.m. ET
Indiana State tallied three runs in the top on three walks and two base hits to take the first lead of the game. Ellison Hanna II, Miguel Rivera and Urdaneta each drew walks before Sean Ross singled to right field to plate the first run. Freshman Grant Magill picked up two RBIs with a single down the line in right.
The Bears answered back with a two-run home run in the fifth from Hull — his second homer of the day.
Missouri State opened the sixth with back-to-back infield singles behind the mound before both runners were able to move into scoring position on a wild pitch. Fenlong would pick up a strikeout before intentionally walking the bases loaded to setup a force at any bag. Fenlong would go on to induce a pair of popups to end the threat and hold MSU scoreless.
MSU led off the seventh with Ben Whetstone chopping a ball off the first-base bag that sailed down the line for a double. He would move to third on a single to the gap in right before coming home a batter later on a sacrifice fly. Fenlong would get a flyout and a ground ball to end the inning.
Tyler Grauer made the start for the Sycamores, going five complete innings with a no decision. The lefty struck out four and allowed two runs on seven hits. Fenlong — the pitcher of record went two innings, allowing four hits and striking out one.
Indiana State will wrap up game two of the series at 11:30 a.m. ET before playing game three shortly afterwards.
ISU Splits Doubleheader; Win in Chicago for First Time Since 2015
CHICAGO – The Indiana State softball team split a doubleheader against Loyola on Friday afternoon at the Loyola Softball Field. The Sycamores took game one by a score of 2-1 in ten innings before dropping the nightcap, 3-1.
Indiana State moved to 19-26 on the season and 12-14 in MVC play while Loyola sits at 11-28 and 7-16 in Valley action.
Game One – Indiana State 2, Loyola 1
Loyola jumped out in front first scoring the first run of the contest on a double. Lexie Siwek answered in the bottom half of the second with her first career home run down the left field line.
After seven scoreless innings, Amanda Guercio connected on her seventh home run of the year to give the Sycamores 2-1 lead.
Game One Pitchers of Record
Win: Arielle Blankenship, Indiana State (5-2)
Loss: Sydney Riggles, Indiana State (5-15)
Game Two – Loyola 3, Indiana State 1
The Ramblers struck first plating two runs on back-to-back singles in the bottom of the third inning. Loyola extended their lead in the bottom of the fifth, 3-0.
The Sycamores got a run back on a ground out by Kaylee Barrett, but ultimately fell short.
Game Two Pitchers of Record
Win: Madison Veres, Loyola (5-8)
Loss: Lexi Benko, Indiana State (5-9)
Indiana State will wrap up the series with Loyola tomorrow, May 8 with first pitch slated for noon ET.
Sycamore Men Picked First, Women Third in Outdoor MVC Pre-Championship Poll
ST. LOUIS – The Indiana State men have been tabbed as the favorite in the 2021 Outdoor Track & Field Pre-Championship Poll. On the women’s side, Illinois State was unanimously voted by the league coaches to finish first.
On the men’s side, Indiana State was picked to finish first with 76 total points and five first-place votes. The Sycamores currently have six of the top-ten times in the 100m with JaVaughn Moore’s mark of 10.39 ranked first in the Valley and 80th nationally. Teammate Matthew Lewis-Banks holds the second-fastest 110m hurdles time in the MVC while also ranking 88th nationally. Indiana State’s 4x400m team of Ben Shepard, Will Smith, Mitchell Cline & Tahj Johnson currently hold the fastest relay time (3:14.74) in the Valley. In the field, Kevin Krutsch, Nick Schultz & Nathan Kiger all hold top-five marks for the high jump and are all nationally ranked. Frankie Young III currently holds the top mark in the MVC and is nationally ranked for the long jump for his mark of 7.52m (24’8.25″). Others to look out for include Emmanuel Odubanjo (triple jump) and Mitch Conard (decathlon) who are both ranked second in their respective events. Indiana State will look for their 11th MVC Championship title with their last being 2014.
The Indiana State women were picked to finish third in the poll after receiving 73 points. On the Track, Jocelyn Quiles currently holds top ten times in the Valley for the 3000m steeplechase, 1500m and 5000m. The Sycamores currently have four of the top-10 times in the 400m hurdles with Sierra Long, Grace Quinlan, Riley Tuerff and Ayana Parchman ranking in the MVC standings. Reynei Wallace (100m, 200m), Iyanla Hunter (400m), Rebecca Odusola (800m), Zoe Sullivan (100m hurdles) and Ryann Porter (100m hurdles) all hold top-ten spots in the Valley for their respective events. In addition to the 100m hurdles, Porter also holds the best mark in the MVC for the triple jump (12.36m, 40’6.75″). Others who will stand out in the field events include Selene Weaver (pole vault), Hannah Redlin (discus), Jayla Bynum (javelin), Kamille Griffith-Gaskin (heptathlon) and Mia Mackenzie (heptathlon) who all sit within the top five of their respective events for the Valley.
Southern Illinois is set to host the 2021 MVC Outdoor Track & Field Championship, May 14 – 16 in Carbondale, Illinois.
Men’s Pre-Championship Poll
INS – 76 (5 first place votes)
UNI – 74 (3 first place votes)
ILS – 66 (1 first place vote)
DU – 49
SIU – 45
BU – 36
LUC – 32
VU – 14
UE – 13
Women’s Pre-Championship Poll
ILS – 100 (10 first place votes)
SIU – 88
INS – 73
MSU – 68
UNI – 66
LUC – 50
BU – 44
DU – 33
UE – 17
VU – 15
Vetter sets strikeout mark with 14 in opener at MSU
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Izzy Vetter set her career mark with 14 strikeouts while Bella Coffey hit her second home run of the season in a doubleheader on Friday afternoon at Missouri State.
The Bears (25-16, 16-6 MVC) took both contests against the Purple Aces (23-21, 11-14). Game one saw them finish with a 1-0 win in 10 innings before finishing with a 6-1 win in the second contest.
In a classic pitcher’s duel, it was Missouri State scoring the winning run in the 10th inning. Izzy Vetter and the duo of Madison Hunsaker/Gracie Johnston kept the opposing offenses off the board for most of the afternoon. Vetter went the full nine innings while Johnston pitched 8 2/3 for the Bears. Vetter set her career mark with 14 strikeouts in the game while allowing five hits. MSU held the Aces to three hits.
Evansville had the first big scoring opportunity of the day with Marah Wood and Lindsay Renneisen both walking with one out, but a pitching change proved beneficial for Missouri State as they got out of the inning unscathed. Jenna Lis opened the third with a double to left field, but was stranded when the frame came to a close. The top scoring threat either team would enjoy came in the bottom of the sixth when MSU loaded the bases with no outs. That is when Vetter buckled down, getting two fly ball outs and a strikeout to keep it tied at 0-0.
In the 10th, Missouri State loaded the bases with no outs once again and were able to record the game-winning run on a bases loaded walk. Lis posted two of the Aces’ three hits in the contest.
Missouri State wasted no time getting on the board in the second game, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Olivia Krehbiel hit a 2-run homer to lead the offense. Two more hits led to a pair of runs in the second that pushed the lead to 6-0.
UE picked up its first run of the day, courtesy of Bella Coffey. She hit her second home run of the season in the top of the fourth to make it a 6-1 game. Hannah Hood followed it with a double before MSU got out of the inning without any further damage. Evansville challenged again in the next inning when Katie McLean led off with a walk before Jessica Fehr singled to center, but three quick outs kept it at 6-1 and that would be the final score.
Coffey and Fehr had two hits apiece in the game while Eryn Gould had a hit and walk. Krehbiel led MSU with three RBI. Jaime Nurrenbern made the start for the Aces, but gave up four runs in the first. Erin Kleffman tossed five solid innings of relief before Megan Brenton fanned two in a scoreless sixth inning.
On Saturday, the teams meet up for an 11 a.m. game.
MVC Champs set for NCAA Regional in Columbus
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – An important milestone in University of Evansville women’s golf history will take place on Monday when the Purple Aces take to The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course to open up the first-ever NCAA Regional in program history.
The 2021 Missouri Valley Conference Champions were selected to the Columbus Regional last week during the NCAA Selection Show, which was carried on live The Golf Channel. The Purple Aces are one of 18 teams set to take part in the regional, which features Duke, Arizona State and Virginia as the top three seeds. The top six teams and three individuals from each of the four regional sites will advance to the national championship in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Golfstat will have live results during the regionals while the team is set to take over the UE Athletics Instagram account to document their experience in Columbus. GoPurpleAces.com as well as the UE Athletics Facebook and Twitter accounts will have additional coverage throughout the event. Evansville tee off shortly after 10 a.m. ET on Monday and one round will be played each day running Monday through Wednesday. Caitlin O’Donnell will be the first to tee off at 10:01 ET.
“I look forward to Caitlin teeing off at 10:01 on Monday,” Aces head coach John Andrews said. “Her shot will be the first for our program in an NCAA Regional.”
Evansville advanced to the NCAA Regionals with an historic victory in the MVC Championship nearly three weeks ago in St. Charles, Missouri. After leading the field by ten strokes after the first two rounds, the Purple Aces battled the snow along with the University of Northern Iowa in the final round of play. Following three rounds, the teams were tied and headed to a sudden death playoff.
With the snow falling as hard as it had all day when the teams went to the 18th hole for the playoff, UE put forth its best effort to clinch the championship. A full team effort earned a dominant win in the playoff. Sophia Rohleder picked up the Aces second individual championship. Her 3-round tally of 229 bested her nearest competition by two strokes. Four UE players finished in the top 21 with all five coming home in the top 32 in the standings.
Allison Enchelmayer was second on the UE squad and tied for 12th in the event with a 237. Her low round was a 76 in the opening 18. Alyssa McMinn tied for 17th following a strong first day with scores of 76 and 75. Next up was Caitlin O’Donnell. Her low round of the season got the Aces rolling on the first day. O’Donnell carded a 73 to begin the tournament and set the tone for the entire team. Mallory Russell finished in 32nd on the individual leaderboard, but made what may have been her top contribution on the playoff hole. UE head coach John Andrews had Russell take the first shot of the playoff hole, which turned out to be a near perfect attempt that eventually led to the championship.
Columbus Regional Seedings
1. Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
2. Arizona State
4. Kent State (Mid-American Conference)
12. New Mexico (Mountain West Conference)
15. Coastal Carolina (Sun Belt Conference)
16. Campbell (Big South Conference)
17. Evansville (Missouri Valley Conference)
18. Youngstown State (Horizon League)
Greyhounds Sit Second Heading into Final Day at NCAA Regional
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With just 18 holes left to play, the UIndy men’s golf team find themselves in second place at the NCAA Division II Midwest/Central Regional. The Greyhounds carded a second-round 289 (+5) and sit six strokes ahead of fifth place heading into Saturday’s final round.
The top four teams along with the top individual not with an advancing team will move on to the 2021 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships, scheduled for May 17-21 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
The three-day, 54-hole regional is being held at the par-71 Shoal Creek Golf Club in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday through Saturday.
Senior Ian Carroll carded the lowest score among the Hounds on Friday, posting a one-under 70 to sit a even par overall – good for a share of ninth.
Juinor Keegan Bronnenberg is also in ninth, falling seven spots after his second-round 73. Senior Oliver Mast (73-71) and Erik Edwards (69-75) are both T-23 at +2, and junior Cam Carroll (79-79) is tied for 76th.
The Greyhounds will be matched up in the final groups on Saturday with leader Central Missouri and Henderson State. Tee times will run from 12:40-1:20 p.m. ET. Click/tap here to follow live results during the round.
ROUND 1 RECAP
The UIndy men’s golf team posted a one-under 283 in the opening round, finishing day one in second place in the 16-team field, four back of leader Central Missouri.
The Hounds were led by twin 69s from senior Erik Edwards and Keegan Bronnenberg, good for a share of second place. Senior Ian Carroll finished day one at +1 and T-15th, senior Oliver Mast is +2 and tied for 19th, while junior Cam Carroll sits at +8 in 62nd.
Womens’ Tennis Remains #1, Men 11th in Latest ITA Rankings
TEMPE, Ariz. – After numerous GLVC Honors, two appearances in the GLVC finals and both teams grabbing the No. 1 seed their respective NCAA Regional, the UIndy tennis programs are well positioned the ITA rankings once again this week. For the women, the team comes in as the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation, while the UIndy men dropped a few spots to No. 11.
Individually, junior Nikol Alekseeva held tightly to her No. 1 spot singles rankings, thanks to an undefeated record this season with only one match going to a third set. Junior Anna Novikova held steady as well, remaining at No. 8 after recently defeating the No. 28 singles player in the GLVC Championship final. Alina Kislitskaya moved up four spots to No. 14, while Kristina Lagoda rounded out the Hounds’ singles rankings at No. 46.
On the men’s side of singles, both Renato Lima and Tom Zeuch grace the top 30, with Lima at 26 and Zeuch on his heels at 28.
In doubles, Alekseeva and Novikova continued their hold on the No. 1 spot, remaining undefeated this season. And more of the same for Kislitskaya and Lagoda, who stayed put at No. 3 after dropping only two matches all spring. Lima and Agustin Gascia rose two spots in the men’s doubles rankings, claiming the No. 2 spot.
It is NCAA Tournament time for the Hounds, as both teams are slated as the No. 1 seeds in the upcoming Midwest Regional, set to take place in Midland, Mich., this weekend. The women will take on the No. 4-seed Hillsdale College while the men face off with the winner of Hillsdale and Illinois Springfield.
Hawks Slip Past Hounds at Conference Tournament
EAST PEORIA, Ill. – The top-seeded UIndy softball team (38-6) endured its first loss at the double-elimination GLVC Championship Tournament Friday, falling to No. 5-seed Rockhurst, 3-2. The Hawks came through with a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to earn the win. The Greyhounds will return to the field later this evening to face the McKendree/Drury winner in an elimination game at approximately 6 p.m. ET.
The four-day, double-elimination bracket is being played out at the Eastside Centre in East Peoria, Ill., Thursday through Sunday.
INS & OUTS
In a contest featuring two All-GLVC First Team pitchers, the game remained scoreless until the Hounds broke the stalemate with a pair of tallies in the top of the fifth. Brooke Montgomery and Kamrie Foster each delivered RBI singles in the frame – both with two outs – to stake the Hounds to a 2-0 lead.
The Hawks (26-14) would answer in the sixth with their own two-out rally. After a couple of fly balls started the inning, Rockhurst applied pressure with a single and a walk, setting the stage for Josie Lindemann. The all-conference utility player connected on a 1-0 offering, sending it over the center field fence in what proved to be the game winner.
Senior slugger Taylor Danielson nearly tied it in the top of the seventh, but her deep fly ball was caught at the warning track.
One day after tossing a perfect game, Rockhurst senior Lexie Storrer (21-4) got the pitching win, striking out 13 Greyhounds in the process. Meanwhile, freshman Kenzee Smith (19-2) took the loss – just her second of the year.
INSIDE THE BOX
– Montgomery was the only Greyound with two hits, adding a third-inning double to her aforementioned RBI single.
– Emily O’Connor managed a single in the fourth inning.
– K. Foster added a stolen base in the fifth.
Softball Drops Pair to Illinois State Friday
The Valpo softball team began its final series of the regular season with a Friday doubleheader against Illinois State, falling to the visiting Redbirds by final scores of 6-0 and 10-0.
How It Happened – Game One
- It was a slow start offensively for both teams, as each side had just one baserunner through the first three innings — Valpo’s coming on a one-out single in the first inning from senior Addi Burke (Mesquite, Texas/John Horn).
- Illinois State got on the board with a two-run homer in the fourth from Emme Olson.
- Valpo threatened in the bottom half of the frame, putting two runners on base thanks to singles from juniors Kate Beckemeyer (Forsyth, Ill./Maroa-Forsyth) and Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley), but a pickoff ended the inning.
- The Redbirds added two more runs in the top of the fifth and posted one run apiece in the sixth and seventh innings to complete the scoring.
How It Happened – Game Two
- A two-run homer from Illinois State’s Mack Leonard in the top of the third opened the scoring.
- Valpo put a runner into scoring position in the bottom of that inning, thanks to a two-out single from junior Jaina Westphal (Waterford, Wis./Burlington) and a subsequent stolen base, before a groundout ended the frame.
- The Redbirds went on to score five in the sixth and three in the seventh for the final margin.
Inside the Games
- Moeder picked up two of Valpo’s four hits in the opener with a pair of singles.
- Burke reached base twice as well in the first game with her first-inning single and a walk.
- Sophomore Lauren Kehlenbrink (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway South) drew a walk in the second game to go along with Westphal’s hit, as Valpo was limited to just two baserunners in the nightcap.
Valpo closes out the regular season on Saturday with the series finale against the Redbirds. First pitch is set for 11 a.m. Following the game, the program will hold its Senior Day ceremony, where it will honor Burke and senior manager Alex Dixon.
Baseball Drops a Pair to Start Ohio Series
ATHENS, Ohio — Despite solid pitching by the Miami University baseball team against the Ohio University Bobcats, the RedHawks dropped both ends of a Mid-American Conference doubleheader in Athens on Friday, falling 3-1 in the opening game and 1-0 in the nightcap. Starting pitchers Grant Hartwig and Jonathan Brand both had very strong outings, throwing complete games while striking out eleven and eight batters, respectively. The RedHawks fall 19-22 (12-15 MAC), while the Bobcats improve to 24-15 (15-11 MAC).
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In game one, redshirt freshman Benji Brokemond led off the game with a solo home run to left field, allowing the RedHawks to take a 1-0 lead. Brokemond’s home run, the only scoring play for Miami on the day, was the first of his career. The Bobcats then responded three unanswered to take game one, 3-1.
- In game two, which was a close affair all nine innings, the Bobcats took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh and held on for the win.
MIAMI GAME NOTES:
- Pitching was a highlight for Miami all day. Brand threw a complete game in a losing effort for game one, striking out eight batters while allowing just four hits throughout six innings of work. In game two, Hartwig also threw a complete game by striking out eleven batters and allowing just five base runners and one run in eight innings.
The RedHawks will face off against the Ohio Bobcats on Saturday, May 8 in a doubleheader to complete their four-game set. The first pitch for game one is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Chessa Field.
Nikitas Earns All-MAC Second Team Honors
CLEVELAND, Ohio—Miami University men’s golf junior Charlie Nikitas was named to the All-MAC Second Team, the Mid-American Conference announced on Friday morning. Nikitas was a consistent presence in the Miami line up as its top finisher in four of the RedHawks’ six tournaments this season.
Nikitas and senior Cam Solomon were named to the MAC All-Tournament Team last weekend after leading Miami to a fourth-place team finish at the MAC Championships. Both Nikitas and Soloman tied for second at the conference championship. Solomon also was tabbed the Earl Yestingsmeier Sportsman of the Year following the MAC Championships.
A complete list of the MAC Awards follows:
Freshman of the Year: Barend Botha, Toledo
Player of the Year: Cade Breitenstine, Kent State
Kermit Blosser Coach of the Year: Jon Mills, Kent State
Earl Yestingsmeier Sportsman of the Year: Cam Solomon, Miami
All-MAC First Team
Cade Breitenstine, Kent State
Josh Gilkison, Kent State
Jared Wilson, Kent State
Chris Vandette, Kent State
Jordan Less, Northern Illinois
Barend Botha, Toledo
All-MAC Second Team
Joey Ranieri, Ball State
Nick Hofland, Bowling Green
Cougar Collins, Eastern Michigan
Julien Paltrinieri, Kent State
Charlie Nikitas, Miami
Julien Paltrinieri, Kent State
Jordan Less, Northern Illinois
Charlie Nikitas, Miami
Cam Solomon, Miami
Chris Vandette, Kent State (Individual Medalist)
Nolan named 2021 Alfreeda Goff Outdoor Athlete of the Year
Wright State track and field senior Shelby Nolan has been named the women’s 2021 Alfreeda Goff Outdoor Athlete of the Year, the league announced on Friday.
The Whitehouse, Ohio native set a Wright State record at the Rick Erdmann Twilight with her time of 16:29 in the 5000 meters. She currently leads the Horizon League in both the 1500 meters (4:33) and 5000 meters, while also sitting in sixth for 800 meters. This year alone, Nolan has set eight different school records, four during the outdoor season, as well as 11 total records during her time as a Raider.
For 16 years, Alfreeda Goff was a member of the Horizon League team serving as Senior Associate Commissioner before retiring in 2015. She worked tirelessly to enhance the student-athlete championship experience, including track and field athletes. Prior to entering athletic administration, Alfreeda was the track and field coach at the University of Pittsburgh.
The 2021 Horizon League Outdoor Track & Field Championship is this weekend and will begin on Friday, May 7 at the campus of Youngstown State University. Be sure to tune into ESPN3 to catch all the action starting Friday at 7:55 p.m. ET.
Baseball Takes Series Opener At Richmond Friday 8-3
RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Dayton baseball team took down Richmond 8-3 in the series opener on Friday morning.
The Flyers now sit above .500 in A-10 play at 5-4 and improve to 15-23 overall. Senior Hunter Wolfe had another strong performance on the mound for the Flyers. In the lefty’s tenth start of the season, Wolfe gave up just three runs over seven innings, picking up eight strikeouts. He eclipsed 200 career strikeouts in the win, joining Burny Mitchem, Mike Hauschild, Cameron Hobson, and Luke Trubee as the only ones in program history to reach that milestone.
Senior Riley Tirotta hit his team-leading twelfth home run of the season, which puts him tied for ninth in the program when it comes to single-season home runs. Senior Mitchell Garrity also homered, and the two joined graduate student Eddie Pursinger with each driving in two runs in the game. Senior Mariano Ricciardi also extended his team-leading hitting streak to 18 consecutive games.
ON THE MOUND
Wolfe earned his fourth win of the season and in the process posted his sixth start of the season in which he went at least six innings, gave up three or fewer runs and struck out eight hitters.
He was relieved by junior Bryce Hellgeth, who earned his second save of the season, pitching two innings scoreless innings in relief and striking out three. Hellgeth now has 41 strikeouts in just 25.1 innings on the mound.
As a team, the Flyers moved into sixth place in program history among pitching staffs with 364 strikeouts as a team on the year, moving ahead of 2018’s total, when UD compiled 361 strikeouts.
Top 4: (1-0 Flyers)
Tirotta led off the fourth inning with a solo home run, his twelfth of the year and the most home runs in a single season since Brandon Smith also hit 12 in 2017. Tirotta now has 20 career home runs as a member of the Flyers.
Bottom 5: (1-1 Tie)
Richmond tied the game with a leadoff solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Top 6: (4-1 Flyers)
Ricciardi led off the inning with his first triple of the season and junior Benjamin Blackwell brought him home with a single down the right field line, putting UD back in front. Tirotta walked and the two advanced on a wild pitch to put two in scoring position. Pursinger brought both runs in with a double near the left field wall to push Dayton’s lead to three.
Top 7: (6-1 Flyers)
Junior Jay Curtis reached on a dropped third strike and he was advanced to second by a perfectly placed bunt down the first base line by senior Michael Cleary. Ricciardi reached on one of his three walks on the afternoon to load the bases and two batters later Tirotta was hit by a pitch, bringing Curtis home and making it 5-1. Graduate student Chris Cabrera would make it 6-1 with an RBI single through the right side, scoring Cleary.
Bottom 7: (6-3 Flyers)
A leadoff single by the Spiders was followed two batters later by a two-run home run to make it a 6-3 game.
Top 9: (8-3 Flyers)
Graduate student Alex Brickman drew a one-out walk and was pinch ran for by freshman Anthony Steinhardt, who advanced to second on a balk. Two batters later Garrity hit his fourth home run of the year, making it 8-3 and giving the game its final score.
The Flyers will return Saturday for a seven-inning doubleheader against Richmond. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. and both games will be streamed on ESPN+.
Schoenle Goes The Distance In 7-1 Win At Houston
HOUSTON – University of Cincinnati left-handed pitcher Garrett Schoenle pitched his first career complete game Friday, going the distance in a 7-2 win over Houston in an American Athletic Conference series opener Friday at Schroeder Park.
The Bearcats moved to 20-18 on the season, 9-8 in AAC play while Houston dropped to 16-24, 4-14 in league games.
Schoenle (5-2) tossed a career-high 127 pitches, carrying the shutout into the ninth inning where he surrendered a pair of runs. The senior gave up 10 hits, struck out three – a season low – with a pair of walks. He worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth as the Cougars stranded nine.
It was the first nine-inning complete game for a Bearcats hurler since. J.T. Perez against No. 24 UConn on April 20, 2018. Zach Segal, UC’s starter in game two of the series, threw a seven-inning complete game at UC Baseball Stadium two weeks ago.
Offensively, Jace Mercer was on base five times, going 4-for-4 with a run scored, double and walk.
Joey Bellini and Griffin Merritt belted homers to dead center and left center, respectively as UC scored a pair in the second, third and sixth and then added another run in the ninth on Bellini’s RBI single up the middle.
Merritt also added a double with four runs batted in.
Cincinnati tallied 10 hits, the 23rd time this season finishing with double-digit hits.
Game two of the series was scheduled to start 45 minutes after the close of game one in Houston. A pair of right handers will face off with Zach Segal going for the Bearcats and Jaycob Deese toeing the rubber for the Cougars.
OHIO STATE SWEEPS ILLINOIS IN FRIDAY DOUBLEHEADER
URBANA, Ill. – It was a good day for the Ohio State softball field at Eichelberger Field in Urbana, Ill. Just how good? How does 17 runs, 16 hits and just one run allowed in a doubleheader sweep sound? That’s what Ohio State produced on Friday as they followed up a 12-0 five-inning win and game one with a 5-1 victory in game two to improve to 20-17 on the season. Illinois is now 22-16.
The win in game was one was highlighted by an offensive onslaught that included 11 runs in the fourth inning, including a two-run home run by Sam Hackenbracht and RBI singles off the bats of Carley Gaskill, Taylor Pack and Avery Clark. The Buckeyes chased Illinois pitcher Sydney Sickles out of the game after 3.1 innings and six earned run allowed. She came into the contest with the fifth-best ERA in the Big Ten.
In the second game, Ohio State put four on the scoreboard in the second inning – the biggest hit coming in the form of a three-run home run by Megan McMenemy to make the score 4-0 – and rode the arm of Allison Smith the rest of the way. Smith, a freshman from Champion, Ohio, struck out nine to match her career high and gave up just three hits. It was her 10th win of the year and ninth complete game.
Game One: Ohio State 12, Illinois 0 (5 innings)
The Buckeyes’ 11-run fourth inning highlighted in all-around effort both at the plate and on defense to pick up the win in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader.
The 11 runs scored in the fourth inning were the most by a Big Ten team this season and the most by a Buckeye squad since putting up 12 in the first inning of a Big Ten Tournament game vs. Indiana in 2015. The key hits in the inning were a two-run home run by Sam Hackenbracht – her conference-leading 11th of the season – and RBI singles from Avery Clark, Carley Gaskill and Taylor Pack.
Ohio State also was the beneficiary of a bases loaded walk, passed ball, wild pitch and hit batter that all scored runs while also executing a squeeze play that added another tally to the scoreboard. Carver was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to pick up an RBI. It was the 27th time she’s been hit by a pitch in her career, the most of any active player on the roster.
Six different players had hits in the game, led by a 2-for-3 effort from Hackenbract that included three RBI and two runs scored. Mariah Rodriguez also had a multi-hit game, her team-leading 14th of the season. Eight different players finished with an RBI and Ohio State hitters also had five walks in just five innings.
In the circle, Payton Buresch gave up just three hits – all singles – and retired the Illini in order in both the first and third innings. In the second inning, Illinois had two runners on with two outs by Buresch got an inning-ending strikeout to shut down the threat. She improved to 9-5 on the season and brought her season ERA down to 2.31.
Game Two: Ohio State 5, Illinois 1
Ohio State would get all the offense it needed for pitcher Allison Smith is the second inning as they put a four-spot on the scoreboard against Illinois pitcher Addy Jarvis.
The rally started with some small ball and ended with a blast. First, a walk by Niki Carver and single by Meggie Otte put two runners on with nobody out. The next batter, Carley Gaskill, sacrificed both runners over, putting them at second and third for Taylor Pack. Pack grounded out to second but the first run of the game came in as Carver scored.
Then, one pitch later, McMenemy hit a two-run home run to center field that made the score 3-0. It was the second home run in the last four games for the senior from nearby Westerville. The fourth run of the inning came in via a passed ball that scored Tegan Cortelletti.
The Buckeyes loaded the bases in the fourth inning and appeared primed to bust the game wide open. A bases loaded walk to Ashley Prange gave the Buckeyes a 5-0 but that’s all they could muster. Illinois scored its lone run of the day in the bottom half of the fourth on a solo home run, but Smith quickly rebounded to strike out the next two batters and end any Illinois rally.
Smith’s nine strikeouts matched her season best in games previously vs. Iowa and Maryland. She picked up her 10th win – the most on the team and the most in the Big Ten amongst freshmen.
McMenemy went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI while Cortelletti also had two hits and Otte, Gaskill and Pack each had one.
The series continues tomorrow with another doubleheader beginning at noon ET. The first game of the day will be broadcast live on BTN while the series finale can be seen on BTN Plus.
Baseball Splits Series-Opening Doubleheader with Seton Hall
CINCINNATI – Xavier baseball split the series-opening doubleheader with Seton Hall, falling in game one to the Pirates, 4-1, in seven innings, then taking the 6-1 win in the nine-inning second game.
In game one, SHU took a one-run lead in the top of the first, but the Musketeers pulled even in the second inning, sending the game to the fourth inning in a tied. A three-run frame for the Pirates in the fourth put SHU ahead, 4-1, which held through the rest of the seven inning game.
In game two, the game remained scoreless until a two-run homer for the Musketeers in the fourth inning. SHU responded with a run in the fifth but Xavier held on to the 2-1 lead, and added four runs in the eighth to take the 6-1 win.
Xavier moved to 18-20 overall and 9-7 in BIG EAST play, while Seton Hall moved to 20-16 overall and 13-4 in conference play.The series continues with another doubleheader, set to begin at noon on Saturday.
MARIAN FALLS IN CL TOURNAMENT ELIMINATION BRACKET TO TAYLOR
Upland, Ind. – The Marian softball team saw their run in the Crossroads League Tournament come to an end Friday night, as the Knights fell to Taylor in the final elimination bracket game by a score of 10-4. Marian is now 45-13 overall this season after the loss to Taylor.
Taylor made the first threat of the game as the home team in the bottom of the first, picking up two hits and a walk off of Abigail McPherson, but the freshman worked out of the jam with a flyout to left. McPherson would not find the same success in the bottom of the second, as a two-out error sparked a Trojan rally. A single from Emma West kept the inning alive, with Kara Tucker poking a ball into center to drive in the game’s first run. McPherson got a strikeout to end the frame, with Taylor leading 1-0.
Marian rallied back in the top of the fourth inning, with Kassidi Cadle and Shelbie Stotts reaching base on a single and a walk. The pair moved one base closer to home on a wild pitch, and two batters later Sierra Norman dropped a two-RBI triple into right field after Tucker collided with Caitlyn Grim trying to track down the fly ball in the sun. Norman’s hit pushed Marian ahead 2-1, but Taylor rallied back in the home half of the fourth.
McPherson was able to get the first two outs of the inning by forcing lineouts, but a single from Grim kept the inning alive. West reached on an errant throw at first base to put two on base, and Tucker again dropped an RBI single, tying the game 2-2. With the inning still alive, the Trojans pitcher Maddi Evans helped her cause with a three-run homer to left center, expanding the lead to 5-2. Jaylah Guilliam came on to get the final out of the frame, but gave up a solo home run to Aliyah Rastetter before closing the fourth. Guilliam allowed three more runs to cross the plate in the bottom of the fifth, with Evans belting a two-run home run off the frame of the scoreboard in right field.
Trailing 9-2 entering the top of the sixth, Marian put together a small rally with Cadle and Stotts reaching base again with a single and walk off of Evans, ending the day for the Trojans pitcher. Lauren Kanai came on in relief, but gave up a two-RBI double to Norman as the Knights started to gain momentum.
The Knights momentum came to a screaming halt though as a storm cell moved through the area, causing a 67 weather delay. When play resumed, Kanai was able to get the final out of the frame, and picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth with an Ashton Whitman solo home run. Marian was retired in order in the seventh, ending the game with a 10-4 win for Taylor.
Cadle and Norman each had two hits in the loss, with Norman bringing home all four runs. McPherson allowed five runs in the loss, all of which were unearned. Guilliam allowed five runs in her 2.1 innings of relief work.
Marian will learn their draw for the NAIA Opening Round next week, with Marian earning an automatic bid to the opening round.
EIGHTH INNING HUNTINGTON RALLY KNOCKS MARIAN OUT OF CL TOURNAMENT WINNER’S BRACKET
Marion, Ind. – The Marian baseball team dropped the opening game of the Crossroads League Tournament Friday morning, falling to third-seeded Huntington 6-3. The Foresters scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead, dropping Marian to 24-28 overall this season.
Marian got off to a hot start as the visitors picking up a pair of first inning singles from Matteo Porcellato and Jackson Hogg, but Mason Shinaberry and the Huntington defense closed the threat with two on base. Following the defensive stand, Huntington brought home two runs in the bottom of the first, taking advantage of two Marian mis-cues.
The inning started strong as Andrew Noelker struckout his first batter of the game, but after allowing a single to Ian McCutcheon, a pick-off thrown from Noelker at first base sailed to the fence, moving the runner to third. Noelker got a strikeout, but allowed a Satchell Wilson single that scored McCutcheon. After Wilson swiped second base, the Knights looked to get out of the frame with the righty’s third strikeout of the inning, but an errant throw on the dropped third strike flew to right field, pushing Huntington ahead 2-0.
The Knights rallied back and quickly tied the game, plating two runs in the top of the second. Bryce Davenport and Allan Augustus picked up a pair of singles giving Hironori Kato an opportunity with two outs. Kato took one ball before swinging, and sent a high-sailing pop-up to shallow left. Wilson attempted to make the catch, but botched the opportunity dropping the ball, allowing both Davenport and Augustus to score as Kato reached second safely, tying the game 2-2.
After the early errors from both teams, the game turned into a pitcher’s duel, with Noelker and Shinaberry keeping the game squared at two until the seventh inning. Noelker had to pitch out of a threat in the fourth after an error and single put two Foresters on base, but the pitcher was able to end the scare with his sixth strikeout and a fly ball to Augustus in center.
The Marian offense re-surfaced after going four innings without a hit, leading off the seventh inning with a Dion Wintjes double into the left field gap. Chase Soulliere came on as the courtesy runner for Wintjes, and took third two batters later on a single to left from Trey Heidlage. Down to his last strike, Augustus brought Marian to a 3-2 lead with his sacrifice fly to right field, bringing in Soulliere. Noelker closed out the inning with the lead, getting a 4-6-3 inning-ending double play to strand a Max Moser single, keeping the lead going into the eighth.
With Noelker up against a pitch count, Tanner Simpson came on in relief looking to get the six-out save, but got off to a bad start in the bottom of the eighth allowing a three straight singles to the top of Huntington’s order. Wilson took matters into his hands following the string of base hits, doubling deeping into the right field gap of the reliever, scoring three runs to push Huntington in front 5-3. Camden Dice added to the lead with an RBI groundout that scored Wilson, giving the Foresters a 6-3 lead entering the ninth. Brent Turner came on in releif, and picked up three quick outs retiring the Knights in order to lock down the 6-3 game.
Noelker allowed two unearned runs and four hits while not factoring into the decision, striking out eight batters in seven innings. Augustus, Hogg, Wintjes, Davenport, Porcellato, and Heiglage each had one hit in the loss, with Augustus tacking Marian’s lone RBI of the game.
Marian falls into the elimination bracket, where they will play the loser of Taylor/Spring Arbor on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
BASKETBALL: BROWN, SILCOTT EARN ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS
RICHMOND, Ind. – Addie Brown and Garrett Silcott represented the Indiana University East basketball teams on the 2020-21 Academic All-District® Teams for District 2, as selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Brown and Silcott were among the seven honorees on the District 2 NAIA Academic All-District lists. District 2 includes NAIA schools from Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Brown is a two-time all-conference honoree and is the newest member of the IU East women’s basketball 1,000 points club. She is a Communication Studies major.
Silcott is an all-conference honoree who led the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio in 2018-19. He is a Business Administration major.
To be eligible for Academic All-District consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a 4.0 scale and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing.
INDY ELEVEN HOSTS FC TULSA FOR 2021 HOME OPENER
It’s “Back Home Again” for Indy Eleven this Saturday, when the Boys in Blue make their official return to IUPUI Michael A. Carroll Stadium for their 2021 USL Championship home opener. FC Tulsa will serve as the opposition for Indy Eleven’s first regular season game back at “The Mike” since the end of the 2017 season – although Indiana’s Team is not foreign to the field during its USL Championship era, having played a pair of playoff games at the venue during its run to the 2019 USL Championship Playoffs Eastern Conference Final.
Saturday’s affair appears to be a good early test, as FC Tulsa is the lone of the four Championship squads with two games under their belt to have taken the full six points from them, courtesy of wins over regional rivals and Central Division foes OKC Energy FC (3-1 W on April 24) and Sporting Kansas City II (2-0 W on May 1). Indy Eleven could do the same with a victory on Saturday after starting off on the right foot in last weekend’s gritty (in more ways than one) 1-0 triumph at Birmingham Legion FC.
For Indy Eleven, it was defense carrying the day, with fourth-year goalkeeper Jordan Farr beginning his tenure as the Eleven’s #1 between the posts (literally and figuratively) with a three-save shutout. In front of him, newcomer A.J. Cochran (more on him below) had a Team-of-the-Week “honorable mention” caliber performance in his debut in the center of Head Coach Martin Rennie’s traditional three-man backline, but it was truly a team performance from back to front on the defensive side of the ball, a collective effort the Scottish sideline boss appreciated after the opening win.
That defense will get put to the test Saturday evening, with Tulsa putting up five goals and 11 shots on target across its opening two games. The Tulsa attacking portfolio is diversified – forward Dario Suarez has hit home in each contest and Joaquin Rivas bagged a brace in the opener, while Jorge Corrales has a couple of assists and Rodrigo da Costa (more below) has registered a goal and assist.
While it is too early to tag this a “fight for Central Division supremacy,” it will serve as a fair measuring stick for a pair of clubs with high expectations in 2021, and perhaps a sign of what will be more powerful as this season goes on – the “unstoppable force” of Tulsa’s offense or the “immoveable object” that is the Indy defense.
SERIES HISTORY VS. FC TULSA: FIRST MEETING
With FC Tulsa – born as the USL Championship’s modern edition of the Tulsa Roughnecks from 2015-19 – residing in the Western Conference until the 2021 season, Saturday will mark the first meeting of the two squads. Since there’s no history between the two sides, we’ll share some fun facts instead …
- There will be one familiar face for Indy fans on the FC Tulsa sideline in the person of Assistant Coach Nemanja Vukovic, the affable Montenegrin left back who bagged five (often crucial) goals in 64 appearances in all competitions for Indiana’s Team from 2016-17. Bonus fun fact: “Vuko” was the 2014 USL Championship Defender of the Year with Sacramento Republic FC, where his Indy teammate, captain Colin Falvey, is now also an assistant coach.
- Both clubs were founded on opposite ends of the 2013 calendar – Indy on January 16, and Tulsa on December 18.
- Both organizations also have ties to different eras of the NASL – kind of. In 2014, fans of the then-new Tulsa team voted overwhelmingly to bring back the Roughnecks moniker in tribute to the squad that captivated the city during the original NASL era from 1978-84 (including a Soccer Bowl title in 1983). Indy was one of the premier clubs of the “re-birth” of the NASL, a four-year on-field run from 2014-17 that coincided entirely with the team’s previous stint at Carroll Stadium.
INDY PLAYER TO WATCH: DF A.J. COCHRAN
So, how much can be gleamed from 90 minutes contested in a glorified sand trap, you ask? Well, that depends … but we think we can take away more from the defensive side of last weekend’s opening win in Birmingham, which is why we’ll pick out Cochran, the lone newcomer on the three-man backline deployed by Martin Rennie in the victory. The 2019 All-USL Second Team defender commanded the final third, tying Gershon Koffie for the team lead with four tackles and leading the way solo by winning nine of the 10 duels entered (including all five aerial challenges) and collecting seven clearances and five interceptions. Rennie pointed out the importance of Cochran neutralizing the physical presence of JJ Williams, but the St. Louis native will have his hands full in a different fashion this weekend with a shiftier collection of front line talent that FC Tulsa will throw at the Boys in Blue.
TULSA PLAYER TO WATCH: FW RODRIGO DA COSTA
While Head Coach Michael Nsien may list the talented native of Rio de Janiero as his lone striker, do not get fooled into thinking da Costa is a one-trick pony. The product of Florida National University (and a member of the Florida Soccer Soldiers amateur side before they were “U.S. Open Cup cool”) has become one of Tulsa’s most prolific offensive talents in club history after only two years of play, entering the season as the Oklahoma side’s career leader in assists (15) and its third-leading scorer (13).
He’s shown no sign of slowing down either, bagging a 14th minute game-winner last weekend against Sporting KC II and assisting on Suarez’s insurance tally 11 minutes later, completing three key passes, suffering a team-high four fouls won, and putting both of his shots in the early season on frame in 151 minutes of action. He’s the proverbial straw that stirs Tulsa’s drink, and he’ll get plenty of attention from Cochran & Co. come Saturday night at The Mike.
Long Balls Lift Indians Out of Cubs Reach
DES MOINES, IOWA – Chris Sharpe sent his first Triple-A home run over the left field wall and into the Principal Park parking lot to put the Indianapolis Indians up 3-0 early en route to a 5-4 win over the Iowa Cubs on Thursday night.
Indianapolis (2-1) sparked the offense with a controversial, one-out triple off the bat of Cole Tucker. Called fair by the first-base umpire, the play resulted in Cubs manager Marty Pevey’s first ejection of the year following an argument surrounding the call. Tucker later came in to score, putting the Indians up 1-0 in the first.
A leadoff walk in the second set up the chance for Sharpe to continue to show off the power he has built throughout three seasons in the minors. His two-run shot put Iowa out of reach as the Cubs took one run back in the bottom of the second, but neither offense was done yet.
The teams traded runs in the third before Iowa (1-2) cut Indy’s lead to just one run with a two-out homer off the bat of P.J. Higgins in the fifth. Troy Stokes Jr. then put an exclamation point on the win for the Indians with the team’s first pinch-hit home run since July 1, 2019.
Stokes Jr.’s home run proved to be important come the ninth inning. The Indianapolis bullpen shut down the Cubs offense and allowed just one run from the sixth through eighth innings before Iowa threatened again with one run scored in the ninth.
LHP Joe Jacques (W, 1-0) tossed 1.1 hitless innings after starter RHP Cody Ponce exited through 2.2 innings. RHP Jandel Gustave (S, 2) caught Jose Lobaton looking to close out the game and clinch his second save in as many appearances.
After going hitless in his first two games, Tucker not only led off the scoring but led the Indians with a 2-for-4 performance, a triple, two runs scored and a stolen base. Both of Tucker’s hits came off RHP Cory Abbott (L, 0-1), who fanned eight batters over 6.0 innings.
The Indians and I-Cubs meet again tomorrow night in another 8:08 PM ET first pitch start at Principal Park. RHP James Marvel returns from the taxi squad to make his first start of the season, while the Cubs have yet to name a starter.
Eight-run inning propels Trailblazers to conference split with Illinois Central
VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University baseball team picked up a home-conference split over Illinois Central at Jerry Blemker Field Friday afternoon, dropping game one 6-5 before coming back to win game two in run-rule fashion 12-2.
The Trailblazers struck first in game one after Trent Weiss drove in Garrett Lawson with a double in the third. Brody Ruggles later score on a sac fly off the bat of Peyton Lane to give VU the 2-0 early lead.
Vincennes expanded their lead in the seventh as Landen Freestone led off the inning with a walk. Devon Rodgers entered to pinch run for Freestone and came around to score on a single by Peyton Lane.
Illinois Central answered back strong in the eighth, pushing across six runs to hold a 6-3 lead.
A Trailblazer comeback was put on hold in the bottom half of the eighth as the game was paused by a 90-minute rain delay.
After play resumed the Trailblazers cut the deficit when Rodgers drove in Colin Long.
The comeback looked to pick up steam in the ninth as Peyton Lane led off the inning with a solo home run to put the Blazers within a run.
Vincennes however was not able to tie the game, even after sending the potential winning to the plate as Illinois Central closed out game one 6-5.
Gehrig Tenhumberg got the ball to start game one for the Blazers and last seven and a third innings, giving up one run on five hits and striking out four.
Tenhumberg was relieved by Connor VanLannen and Parker Watts to close out the eighth and Luke Osborn pitched a scoreless ninth.
The Trailblazers scored first again in game two after Macaine Claycomb launched a two-run home run in the first to give VU the early 2-0 lead.
Illinois Central would even the score after a two-run homer of their own in the third.
Vincennes would respond in the bottom half of the third by pushing across eight runs to take a commanding 10-2 lead.
VU wasn’t done there though, scoring a run in the fourth to expand the lead to nine runs.
After Trailblazer starter Sam Steimel pitched a scoreless top of the fifth the Blazers were just one run away from a win.
Peyton Lane put himself in scoring position with a one out double and came around to score on an Isaac Lane walk-off single. VU took game two 12-2.
Sam Steimel threw all five innings, giving up two runs on five hits while recording three strikeouts.
“Our backs are against the wall, we basically have to win-out the rest of the weekend to put ourselves in a position where we feel good about going to the conference tournament,” VU baseball coach Chris Barney said. “We’ve still got Spoon River to go through next weekend, but we have to get through this weekend first.”
“Our guys bounced back, the problem in the first game was we had three or four chances to score some runs and didn’t do it, then waiting until the last few innings to try and do something. Gehrig Tenhumberg did a great job on the mound in game one and Sam Steimel picked it up in game two. Then the bats came alive in game two and we had a lot of guys contribute at the plate.”
“The hitters did a great job in game two, they battled and they took the ball the other way when the pitchers were working them soft away. We stepped up. Freestone pinch hit and got a big RBI, we executed on some bunts, we took advantage of their mistakes. Claycomb got 3 RBI’s in game two, VanLannen hit a sac fly, Rodgers drew a bases loaded walk, so there were a lot of guys that contributed to the win and that’s what it’s going to take the rest of the year.”
The series now shifts to East Peoria, Ill. for the final two games of the four-game set Monday, May 10. The games were originally scheduled for the day before but were pushed back due to rain in the forecast this weekend. First pitch time Monday is still to be determined at this point.
“We’ve got to continue to play good defense, we’re going to have to do a better job of hitting and we’re going to have to get something out of our bullpen,” Barney added. “VanLannen will bounce back and start game three on Monday after basically throwing his bullpen in the first game. We’ve still got Nichols and our bullpen will be rested and ready to go and it’s going to take a lot of guys to contribute to get two wins Monday.”
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1878 Providence Gray outfielder Paul Hines becomes the first player to execute an unassisted triple play after making a shoestring catch in left-center field and stepping on third, retiring both runners who had passed the base. The runners were out due to the rules used at the time.
1906 At Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds, A’s right-hander Chief Bender, coming off the bench, goes deep twice after being asked by his manager Connie Mack to replace an outfielder in the sixth inning of Philadelphia’s 11-4 victory over Boston. The Hall of Fame hurler’s home runs, a seventh-inning solo shot and a three-run blast in the ninth, are both inside-the-park round-trippers given up by Jesse Tannehill.
1926 A three-alarm blaze burns down Fenway’s grandstand roof and left-field bleachers. The Red Sox, desperately in need of cash, use most of the insurance proceeds to pay for operations, leaving a vacant lot where the bleachers once stood.
1929 Giants’ hurler Carl Hubbell becomes the first left-hander in 13 seasons to throw a no-hitter when he beats the Pirates, 11-0. The 26 year-old southpaw, in only his second season in the majors, will post an 18-6 record for the third-place club.
1930 At Forbes Field, future Hall of Fame infielder Freddie Lindstrom completes the cycle when he doubles in the seventh inning of the Giants’ 13-10 victory over Pirates. The contest marks the 24 year-old third baseman’s second five-hit game of the young season, having also accomplished the feat in the campaign’s fifth game.
1935 Reds’ catcher Ernie Lombardi hits four consecutive doubles in the sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth innings off four different hurlers. The slow-footed catcher’s quartet of two-baggers helps Cincinnati to rout Philadelphia at the Baker Bowl, 15-4.
1942 In the first of sixteen scheduled Army-Navy Twilight Relief Games involving every major league club, New York’s two National League teams raises nearly $60,000, with admission charged for everyone entering the park, including players, umpires, writers, ushers, and, vendors. Dolph Camilli’s seventh-inning homer proves to be the difference in the exhibition contest when the Dodgers edge the Giants, 7-6, in front of one of the largest crowds in the history of Ebbets Field.
1948 The Senators snap a 36-inning scoreless streak, tallying a run in the final frame of their 6-1 loss to Cleveland at Griffith Stadium. Washington avoids being shutout for the fourth consecutive game when Tribe starter Gene Bearden issues four walks to force in a run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
1961 The New York Metropolitan Baseball Club, Inc. announces the New York National League franchise’s team nickname will be the Mets. Other names considered included the Avengers, Burros (a play on the word boroughs), Continentals, Islanders, Jets, Rebels, Skyliners, and the Meadowlarks, which was the first choice of owner Joan Payson.
1961 The Yankees trade fireballer Ryne Duren, along with reliever Johnny James and outfielder/first baseman Lee Thomas to the Angels in exchange for right-hander Tex Clevenger and outfielder Bob Cerv, who is joining the Bronx Bombers for the third time. During his two seasons with the Halos, Duren will post a disappointing 8-21 record but will set an AL record, striking out seven consecutive batters shortly after joining the team.
1966 Orioles’ outfielder Frank Robinson becomes the first (and only) player to hit a home run entirely out of Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium. The 451-foot wind-assisted blast, which clears the fifty rows of the left-field seats near the foul pole, before rolling to a stop 540 feet from home plate, comes off a fastball thrown by Indians’ starter Luis Tiant, who hadn’t given up an earned run on the season.
1966 The last game is played at Busch Stadium, known for most of its existence as Sportsman’s Park. The 64 year-old ballpark, which served as the home field for the American League’s Browns until the franchise moved to Baltimore in 1954, was also the home for the Cardinals from 1920 until today’s final contest, a 10-5 loss to San Francisco.
1968 Catfish Hunter hurls the first American League perfect game in forty-six years when the A’s defeat the usually heavy-hitting Twins, 4-0, in front of only 6,298 Oakland fans. The last Junior Circuit hurler to retire 27 consecutive batters in a regular-season game was White Sox right-hander Charlie Robertson, who accomplished the feat against Detroit in 1922.
1971 Willie Mays (634) and Hank Aaron (604) both hit round-trippers in the Braves’ 5-2 victory over the Giants at Candlestick Park. It is the first time in baseball history two players with 600 career homers go deep in the same game.
1971 The A’s trade first baseman Don Mincher, who started his career in the nation’s capital in 1960, to Washington, adding the 32 year-old first baseman to a small list of major leaguers to have played for both the original and expansion Senators. The veteran infielder will become the only person to play for each franchise when both teams depart from the District of Columbia, 11 seasons apart, making him both an original Minnesota Twin and an original Texas Ranger.
1973 Bob Gibson starts his 242nd straight game, breaking a major league established in 1947 by right-hander Red Ruffing pitching the Yankees and White Sox. The competitive Cardinals’ right-hander, who will extend the mark to 303 before appearing in relief in 1975, is tagged with the loss in the team’s 9-7 defeat to the Giants at Candlestick Park.
1973 Ralph Miller, the last nineteenth-century ballplayer, dies in Cincinnati at 100 years of age. The right-hander compiled a 5-17 record appearing in 29 National League games for the 1898 Bridegrooms and 1899 Orioles.
1973 On a rainy night at Shea Stadium, the seventh-inning line drive off the bat of Atlanta’s Marty Perez strikes Jon Matlack’s forehead so hard that the ball ricochets into the Mets dugout. Fortunately, the 23 year-old southpaw sustains only a hairline fracture of his skull and will return to the mound on May 19th to blank the Bucs for six innings at Pittsburgh.
1973 After the ejection of Whitey Lockman in the 11th inning of a Jack Murphy Stadium contest place, Ernie Banks fills in for the departed Cubs’ skipper in the team’s 3-2 overtime victory over the Padres. The Chicago coach technically becomes the first black to manage a major league team.
1979 Ranger right-hander Ed Farmer becomes a one-man wrecking crew when his fifth-inning pitch fractures Al Cowens’ jaw, causing the outfielder to miss 21 games. In the first inning of the Arlington Stadium contest, the Texas starter also hit the leadoff batter Frank White with a pitch that will keep the Kansas City second baseman on the shelf for 33 games with a broken wrist.
1984 Kirby Puckett collects four singles in his first major league game, helping Minnesota beat the Angels, 5-0. The 24 year-old Twins’ rookie, a future Hall of Famer, will finish his 12-year major league career with a lifetime .318 batting average.
1984 The White Sox and Brewers begin the lengthiest game in major league history, needing 8 hours and 6 minutes to complete the Comiskey Park contest. The 25-inning marathon, suspended after the 17th frame, ends tomorrow with the White Sox winning, 7-6, on a Harold Baines walk-off homer off Chuck Porter.
1992 Astro southpaw Butch Henry becomes the first player to stroke an inside-the-park home run for his first hit in the major leagues when his sinking line drive gets past left fielder Barry Bonds. The historic three-run homer, which is given up by Doug Drabek of the Pirates, will be the only round-tripper the Houston hurler will ever hit during his seven-year career.
1994 The Colorado Silver Bullets become the first women’s team to play a men’s professional team. The Northern League’s All-Stars beat the ladies, 19-0, with Leon Durham hitting two homers and Oil Can Boyd making the start for the All-Stars.
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1997 At the age of 20, Ryan Jaroncyk, the Mets first-round draft pick of the Mets in 1995, retires from baseball, citing he finds the game ‘boring’. The healthy, hard-working, introspective athletic graduate of Orange Glen High School (Escondido, CA), who the team had hoped to be their shortstop of the future, leaves the franchise after receiving an $850,000 signing bonus, which the club will not ask their former player to return.
1998 Cardinal Mark McGwire reaches the 400th career home run mark. Big Red’s historic milestone comes in 4,727 at-bats (127 fewer at-bats than Babe Ruth), which is the least plate appearances ever needed to reach the mark.
2000 Brothers Jason and Jeremy Giambi each hit a home run in the A’s 9-8 loss to Anaheim at Edison Field. The siblings’ round-trippers mark the first of four times the Oakland teammates will accomplish the feat.
2000 John Rocker balks when the ball falls out of his glove, resulting in a 3-2 walk-off loss to the Marlins at Miami’s Pro Player Stadium. The Braves closer’s ninth-inning miscue, with two outs and a 2-2 count on Cliff Floyd, plates Danny Bautista from third with the winning run.
2001 Diamondback southpaw fireballer Randy Johnson joins Roger Clemens and Kerry Wood as the only pitchers to strike out 20 batters in nine innings, with the deed not officially recognized as tying a record, at first, because the contest against the Reds goes extra innings. After being pulled in the ninth, the three-time Cy Young Award winner does not get an opportunity to break Tom Cheney’s major league mark of 21 strikeouts recorded by the 27 year-old Senator right-hander in a 16-inning contest on September 12th, 1962 against the Orioles.
2004 The Rangers, trailing 14-4 in the middle of the hour-long fifth inning at the Ballpark in Arlington, rally to beat the Tigers in ten innings, 16-15. Texas overcomes the double-digit deficit when the team tallies ten times in the bottom of the fifth inning after allowing eight runs in the top of the frame.
2009 At Camden Yards, Alex Rodriguez takes no time in making his return to the Yankees lineup felt, blasting a three-run home run on the very first pitch he has seen this season. The third baseman’s Ruthian blast, which comes off a 98-mph fastball thrown by Baltimore’s right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, helps to snap the Yankees’ five-game losing streak when they beat the Orioles, 4-0.
2009 Stephen M. Ross, the owner of the Dolphins’ football franchise and the stadium in which the NFL team and Marlins play their games, and singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett announced a unique branding partnership that renames the ballpark Land Shark Stadium. The joint venture, bringing together Buffett’s Margaritaville and Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Land Shark Lager, is reportedly for only eight months with the name reverting to Dolphin Stadium unless another naming rights deal happens before Super Bowl XLIV and the 2010 Pro Bowl.
2011 In all of the American League contests played today, one team in each of the seven games scores exactly five runs. The last time that such a statistical happenstance occurred was on August 10th, 1993 when seven NL teams score exactly two runs in each of the games played that day.
2011 Mike Scioscia becomes the 23rd manager in major league history to reach 1,000 victories with one team when the Angels beat Cleveland at the Big A, 6-5. During his dozen seasons in the Halo dugout, the 52 year-old skipper has been named the American League Manager of the Year twice, in 2002, when the team won their only World Series, and again in 2009.
2012 Josh Hamilton becomes the 16th major leaguer to hit four home runs in one game when he blasts an 0-2 pitch over the Camden Yards centerfield fence in the eighth inning of the Rangers’ 10-3 victory over Baltimore. The Texas outfielder, who connected each time with a man on base, also hits a double to set the American League’s single-game record for total bases with 18, one shy of Shawn Green’s major league mark of 19 established in 2002 with the Dodgers.
2012 The New York State Senate congratulates Mr. Met with a voice-approved resolution, honoring the larger-than-life bobblehead for being named the best mascot in the U.S. in a fan survey conducted by the Marketing Arm. The Amazins’ spherical symbol of cheer, who defeated the popular Phillie Phanatic in the poll, is commended by the legislative body for having his legacy serve as “a sterling example for all mascots”.
2016 Bryce Harper reaches base seven times without recording an official at-bat as the result of being hit by a pitch and receiving six free passes. In the Nationals’ 4-3 extra-inning loss at Wrigley Field, Cub hurlers throw 27 pitches, 25 of which are out of the strike zone, to the 23 year-old reigning MVP.
2018 Mariner James Paxton, a native of Ladner, British Columbia, throws the sixth no-hitter in franchise history and the first pitched outside of Seattle, beating the Blue Jays, 5-0 at Toronto’s Rogers Centre. The 29 year-old southpaw becomes the second Canadian to pitch a major league hitless game, a feat first accomplished by Torontonian Dick Fowler in 1945 for A’s.
2019 Ranger center fielder Joey Gallo becomes the fastest player to hit 100 homers in American League history when his 443-foot blast lands in the Allegheny River, a two-run homer in the team’s 9-6 victory over the Pirates at PNC Park. The milestone round-tripper comes in the 25 year-old’s 377th game, surpassing Mark McGwire, who needed 16 additional games to accomplish the feat.
1951 WORLD SERIES
The ’51 season has been referred to by some as “The Season of Change” as it witnessed the departure of several of the games veteran superstars and the introduction of a new generation of talent. Many of the games biggest names from the previous two decades were nearing the end of their careers and the empty spaces on the line-up cards would need to be filled by players of the same caliber. Luckily for the managers (and the fans), there was no shortage of up-and-coming talent in the various farm systems around the league. Several new rookies on the scene included a young switch-hitter named Mickey Mantle and a phenomenal fielder named Willie Mays. The nineteen year-old Mantle was called up to the big leagues from the Yankees Kansas City franchise and hit thirteen home runs in ninety-six games. Mays had been called up in late May by the Giants from their Minneapolis team (where he was batting .477) and the twenty-year old responded with twenty homers of his own. It seems fitting that in their first year of professional play, both future Hall of Famers found themselves competing against one another in the biggest game of the year; the 1951 World Series.
The Giants had steamrolled their way to the Fall Classic and were determined to dethrone their world champion, cross-town rivals. Manager Leo Durocher’s team had rallied to win the National League pennant after trailing the Brooklyn Dodgers by 13½ games. Beginning August 12, the Giants won sixteen consecutive outings and thirty-seven of their last forty-four to forge a tie for the top of the National League with Brooklyn. They went on to beat the Dodgers in a best-of-three playoff, ending with the infamous Thomson three-run homer off Ralph Branca that gave the Giants a 5-4 victory in the third game at the Polo Grounds. With Brooklyn out of the way, the Bronx was next and the Giants wanted to prove that the last team standing was truly “New York’s baseball team”.
Things continued to go the Giants way as they went on to shock the Yankees in a 5-1 Series opening triumph. Dave Koslo held the Yankees to just seven-hits and Alvin Dark came up big with a three-run homer. Monte Irvin was the game’s “MVP” though with three singles, a triple and the first Series steal of home plate since the Yankees’ Bob Meusel snatched the bag in 1928. Eddie Lopat got his team back in the running in Game 2 while pitching a five-hitter and adding a run-scoring single in the 3-1 victory. However, the biggest play of Game 2 involved a devastating injury that would haunt the New York Yankees for years to come. Willie Mays had led off the top of the fifth with a high shot to right-center in what was to be an easy fly-out. Centerfielder Joe DiMaggio prepared to make the catch while Mickey Mantle followed from rightfield in pursuit. According to several sources, Yankees manager Casey Stengel had instructed Mantle earlier to “take everything he could get” as ” Joe D” was in the twilight of his career. The nineteen-year old speedster pulled up at the last second as DiMaggio made the play and caught his foot on the wooden cover of a drainage outlet. His knee buckled forcing him out of the Series and instigating the start of several leg problems that would haunt Mantle for the rest of his eighteen-season career.
Game 3 remained anyone’s for 4½ innings as the Giants held on to a slim 1-0 lead. All that would change though as the National League champs would capitalize on a crucial error by their American League rivals. With one out in the fifth, Eddie Starky managed to coax a walk off of Series veteran Vic Raschi. The Yankees, thinking the Giants were about to play a “hit-and-run”, “run-and-hit” or “straight steal”, called for a “pitchout” and catcher Yogi Berra responded with a perfect throw to shortstop Phil Rizzuto in plenty of time to catch Stanky. However, the determined veteran kicked the ball out of Rizzuto’s hand on the slide and scrambled up and onto third. Instead of two out and nobody on, Stanky was standing firm on third with only one out. Dark scored him in on his next single and Whitey Lockman delivered the final blow, a three-run homer for the 6-2 victory at the Polo Grounds.
With a two-games-to-one lead in the Series and Games 4 and 5 also at home, the Giants were in a favorable position. Their momentum was slightly stalled though as Game 4 was postponed for a single day due to rain. The inclement weather had allowed the Yankees to rest Game 1 loser Allie Reynolds and the “Bomber’s” ace responded the following day with a clutch, 6-2 win over the Giants’ Sal Maglie. “Joe D” added his eighth (and final) World Series homer and the Yanks were back in business. The victory by Reynolds inspired his fellow pinstripes and they went on to crush the Giants 13-1 in a Game 5 massacre. Yankees utility infielder Gil McDougald, who alternated between second and third for Stengel’s club, nailed a bases-loaded homerun in the third off Larry Jansen. The rocket, which broke a 1-1 tie, was only the third World Series grand-slam (Cleveland’s Elmer Smith in 1920 and the Yankees’ Tony Lazzeri in 1936).
Game 6 was a real nail-biter as both teams went head-to-head for over five innings. With the bases loaded and two out in the sixth, Yankees outfielder Hank Bauer stepped up to the plate against Dave Koslo attempting to break through the 1-1 tie. For Bauer, it was the perfect opportunity to shake off his World Series despair. In thirty-eight previous at-bats in the Fall Classic, Bauer had collected only five hits (all singles), a .132 Series batting average and only one RBI in postseason play. This time the former United States Marine came through with “flying colors” with a bases-clearing triple. Then in the ninth, after the Giants closed within one and had the potential tying run in scoring position, a racing Bauer made a sensational 4-3 game-winning catch on a hit by pinch-hitter Sal Yvars.
Once again, the Yankees had ended the Giants “Cinderella” season and although the Series was nothing compared to the National League playoff in terms of memorable moments (“The Giants Win The Pennant!”), it was a sweet ending for some and a new beginning for others; Game 6 marked the final Major League game for the Yankee Clipper, Joe DiMaggio, who was headed for retirement at age thirty-six, Mantle would appear in eleven more World Series, and Mays would compete in the Fall Classic three more times. The Yankees were now 14-4 in World Series appearances and 1951 marked the start of what would become their second dynasty.
1935 ALL-STAR GAME
The third exhibition of what was soon to become known as the “Midsummer Classic” was played at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium on July 8, 1935. Due to the success of the previous two games, available tickets were in short supply and a crowd of 69,831 filled the ball-yard, setting an All-Star Game record that stood until 1981, when more than 72,000 attended the fifty-second All-Star Game in the same park. Unfortunately, after the initial excitement of the first game and the phenomenal pitching by Carl Hubbell in the second, the third was rather uneventful.
The American League won for the third straight year due to the performance of Jimmie Foxx. Once again, he was playing third in deference to Lou Gehrig and belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the first, giving the American League a lead it never relinquished. Making his third All-Star appearance, Al Simmons of the White Sox was the game’s top hitter with a six-for-thirteen showing and a .462 average. It would be his last All-Star showing. Unbelievably, the most frustrated hitter was Gehrig. A Triple Crown winner in 1934, he was hitless in nine at-bats.
|Boston||20||13||.606||–||10 – 9||10 – 4||8 – 4||7 – 4||3 – 5||6 – 4||W 2|
|Tampa Bay||18||16||.529||2.5||7 – 10||11 – 6||6 – 6||2 – 1||8 – 8||6 – 4||L 1|
|Toronto||16||15||.516||3||7 – 4||9 – 11||7 – 4||1 – 3||4 – 7||6 – 4||L 1|
|NY Yankees||16||16||.500||3.5||9 – 9||7 – 7||7 – 12||6 – 1||2 – 1||7 – 3||L 2|
|Baltimore||15||17||.469||4.5||4 – 11||11 – 6||6 – 8||0 – 0||8 – 8||5 – 5||L 1|
|Chi White Sox||17||13||.567||–||9 – 6||8 – 7||2 – 2||8 – 6||6 – 4||6 – 4||W 1|
|Cleveland||17||14||.548||0.5||7 – 7||10 – 7||1 – 3||15 – 8||0 – 0||7 – 3||L 1|
|Kansas City||16||15||.516||1.5||8 – 10||8 – 5||4 – 3||7 – 9||4 – 2||2 – 8||L 6|
|Minnesota||12||19||.387||5.5||6 – 11||6 – 8||1 – 3||6 – 4||2 – 9||5 – 5||W 1|
|Detroit||9||24||.273||9.5||4 – 10||5 – 14||1 – 5||4 – 13||3 – 4||2 – 8||L 2|
|Oakland||20||14||.588||–||12 – 10||8 – 4||8 – 7||7 – 0||2 – 5||5 – 5||W 1|
|Seattle||18||15||.545||1.5||9 – 8||9 – 7||6 – 5||3 – 3||6 – 5||5 – 5||W 1|
|Houston||17||15||.531||2||8 – 7||9 – 8||4 – 3||0 – 3||13 – 7||6 – 4||W 2|
|Texas||16||18||.471||4||7 – 10||9 – 8||9 – 5||4 – 6||3 – 4||6 – 4||L 1|
|LA Angels||14||17||.452||4.5||7 – 8||7 – 9||2 – 5||5 – 3||6 – 9||3 – 7||W 1|
|Philadelphia||18||15||.545||–||13 – 6||5 – 9||8 – 8||8 – 3||2 – 4||7 – 3||W 5|
|NY Mets||14||13||.519||1||7 – 4||7 – 9||9 – 5||2 – 5||3 – 1||5 – 5||W 3|
|Miami||15||16||.484||2||8 – 7||7 – 9||4 – 5||3 – 4||6 – 4||6 – 4||W 4|
|Atlanta||15||17||.469||2.5||7 – 8||8 – 9||8 – 9||5 – 2||1 – 2||5 – 5||L 1|
|Washington||13||15||.464||2.5||8 – 8||5 – 7||5 – 7||4 – 2||2 – 5||5 – 5||W 1|
|St. Louis||19||14||.576||–||10 – 8||9 – 6||10 – 10||8 – 4||1 – 0||7 – 3||W 1|
|Milwaukee||17||16||.515||2||8 – 8||9 – 8||1 – 7||9 – 6||6 – 1||3 – 7||L 6|
|Chi Cubs||16||16||.500||2.5||12 – 7||4 – 9||5 – 5||8 – 11||3 – 0||6 – 4||W 4|
|Cincinnati||15||15||.500||2.5||10 – 7||5 – 8||0 – 0||7 – 5||4 – 8||6 – 4||W 2|
|Pittsburgh||13||18||.419||5||5 – 7||8 – 11||0 – 0||5 – 11||3 – 4||3 – 7||L 2|
|San Francisco||19||13||.594||–||11 – 3||8 – 10||6 – 4||2 – 1||10 – 6||5 – 5||W 1|
|San Diego||18||15||.545||1.5||9 – 10||9 – 5||0 – 0||4 – 6||11 – 9||6 – 4||L 1|
|LA Dodgers||17||16||.515||2.5||8 – 5||9 – 11||3 – 0||2 – 8||9 – 5||2 – 8||L 4|
|Arizona||15||17||.469||4||6 – 5||9 – 12||4 – 7||5 – 1||6 – 7||4 – 6||L 4|
|Colorado||12||20||.375||7||10 – 8||2 – 12||3 – 3||0 – 1||7 – 16||4 – 6||L 1|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 x-Philadelphia||46||21||.687||—||26-7||20-14||10-2||28-9||7-3||7 W|
|2 x-Milwaukee||43||24||.642||3.0||24-10||19-14||10-0||27-11||8-2||5 W|
|3 x-Brooklyn||43||24||.642||3.0||25-8||18-16||8-4||23-16||5-5||4 L|
|4 New York||37||30||.552||9.0||22-11||15-19||3-8||23-17||7-3||2 L|
|5 Atlanta||37||31||.544||9.5||21-11||16-20||6-3||21-18||5-5||1 L|
|6 Miami||36||31||.537||10.0||20-15||16-16||6-6||20-17||7-3||1 W|
|7 Boston||35||32||.522||11.0||21-13||14-19||4-7||20-18||4-6||1 L|
|8 Charlotte||33||34||.493||13.0||18-15||15-19||8-3||20-20||5-5||1 W|
|9 Indiana||31||35||.470||14.5||12-20||19-15||6-4||17-20||5-5||1 W|
|10 Washington||31||36||.463||15.0||17-17||14-19||2-7||13-24||7-3||1 W|
|11 Chicago||28||39||.418||18.0||13-20||15-19||5-5||18-19||4-6||2 W|
|12 Toronto||27||40||.403||19.0||16-17||11-23||4-8||17-23||4-6||2 L|
|13 Orlando||21||46||.313||25.0||11-24||10-22||4-7||13-25||3-7||2 L|
|14 Cleveland||21||46||.313||25.0||12-21||9-25||4-7||15-23||1-9||9 L|
|15 Detroit||20||47||.299||26.0||13-19||7-28||1-10||12-27||3-7||1 W|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 x-Utah||49||18||.731||—||30-4||19-14||6-4||25-12||7-3||4 W|
|2 x-Phoenix||48||19||.716||1.0||26-9||22-10||7-3||27-10||7-3||1 W|
|3 x-LA Clippers||45||22||.672||4.0||26-9||19-13||9-3||27-13||6-4||2 W|
|4 x-Denver||44||23||.657||5.0||25-10||19-13||8-2||25-15||7-3||1 L|
|5 Dallas||39||28||.582||10.0||19-15||20-13||6-4||20-19||8-2||3 W|
|6 Portland||38||29||.567||11.0||17-16||21-13||4-6||19-18||6-4||2 W|
|7 LA Lakers||37||30||.552||12.0||18-15||19-15||3-8||22-17||2-8||2 L|
|8 Golden State||34||33||.507||15.0||20-11||14-22||4-7||20-17||6-4||1 W|
|9 Memphis||33||33||.500||15.5||14-18||19-15||4-6||15-22||4-6||1 L|
|10 San Antonio||32||34||.485||16.5||13-20||19-14||6-6||17-22||4-6||1 W|
|11 New Orleans||30||37||.448||19.0||18-17||12-20||6-4||18-20||5-5||1 L|
|12 Sacramento||29||38||.433||20.0||14-19||15-19||5-7||16-21||6-4||1 L|
|13 Oklahoma City||21||46||.313||28.0||9-25||12-21||3-8||11-26||1-9||5 L|
|14 Minnesota||20||47||.299||29.0||12-21||8-26||5-6||14-26||5-5||3 L|
|15 Houston||16||51||.239||33.0||8-27||8-24||5-7||10-28||1-9||4 L|
Eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs.
X – Clinched Playoff Spot, Y – Clinched Division, Z – Clinched Conference
|x-New York Islanders||54||31||17||6||68||27||149||124||20-4-3||11-13-3||4-4-2|
|New York Rangers||55||26||23||6||58||25||172||153||14-11-3||12-12-3||3-7-0|
|New Jersey Devils||54||19||28||7||45||19||142||185||7-18-3||12-10-4||5-4-1|
|x-Vegas Golden Knights||53||38||13||2||78||37||180||121||20-4-2||18-9-0||8-2-0|
|x-St. Louis Blues||52||24||19||9||57||22||155||162||10-11-5||14-8-4||5-2-3|
|Los Angeles Kings||52||21||25||6||48||20||139||154||9-13-4||12-12-2||5-5-0|
|San Jose Sharks||54||21||27||6||48||16||147||188||11-12-3||10-15-3||3-5-2|
|x-Toronto Maple Leafs||53||34||13||6||74||33||179||138||17-7-3||17-6-3||6-2-2|
|x-Tampa Bay Lightning||54||36||15||3||75||35||180||138||21-7-0||15-8-3||7-2-1|
|Detroit Red Wings||55||19||27||9||47||17||123||166||12-11-5||7-16-4||3-4-3|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||55||17||26||12||46||14||132||183||10-9-8||7-17-4||2-5-3|
|x-New York Islanders||54||31||17||6||68||27||149||124||20-4-3||11-13-3||4-4-2|
|New York Rangers||55||26||23||6||58||25||172||153||14-11-3||12-12-3||3-7-0|
|New Jersey Devils||54||19||28||7||45||19||142||185||7-18-3||12-10-4||5-4-1|
|x-Vegas Golden Knights||53||38||13||2||78||37||180||121||20-4-2||18-9-0||8-2-0|
|x-St. Louis Blues||52||24||19||9||57||22||155||162||10-11-5||14-8-4||5-2-3|
|Los Angeles Kings||52||21||25||6||48||20||139||154||9-13-4||12-12-2||5-5-0|
|San Jose Sharks||54||21||27||6||48||16||147||188||11-12-3||10-15-3||3-5-2|
|x-Toronto Maple Leafs||53||34||13||6||74||33||179||138||17-7-3||17-6-3||6-2-2|
|x-Tampa Bay Lightning||54||36||15||3||75||35||180||138||21-7-0||15-8-3||7-2-1|
|Detroit Red Wings||55||19||27||9||47||17||123||166||12-11-5||7-16-4||3-4-3|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||55||17||26||12||46||14||132||183||10-9-8||7-17-4||2-5-3|